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Koka: Everything I know about football I learned at Al Ahly
Koka, who won the Taça de Portugal with Sporting Braga last season, spoke in an interview with FIFA.com about his childhood and his time with the Egyptian youth team.
“Since I was a kid it’s been my dream and my entire family’s dream for me to become a professional player, but it’s was only a childhood dream, you play football as a kid and little by little it becomes more serious,” Ahmed Hassan told FIFA TV.
“First I was with Al-Ahly, which is the biggest club in Africa and I spent my entire Childhood there, everything I know about football I learned there and I will always love that club, At the start it was only a childhood dream, but thank god it came true.”
The Egyptian striker continued by talking about the 2011 U-20 World Cup in Colombia, when he was selected to represent Egypt.
“To play in the national team is a feeling no one can describe, you try your hardest and you do anything you can for the team, it’s a feeling no one can understand unless you’ve played for your country.
“In the beginning I was a substitute but then I played against Austria and we won the match, after that we played against Argentina, where Erick Lamela scored two goals and unfortunately we lost.”
Koka continued talking about his days with the Egyptian youth team, where he scored two goals for Egypt at the 2013 U-20 World Cup in Turkey.
“Scoring two goals at the World Cup was the greatest thing I could have imagined, it was such a good feeling, against Iraq we were losing 1-0 then I scored, but we still end up losing the match.
“In the second game against England we were 1-0 up then I scored in the last minute to make it 2-0, which made the Egyptians very happy.
“Playing my first game for the senior team was the best feeling in the world, to make my debut for the Egyptian national team and to score was a wonderful thing,” Koka added.
The 24-year-old also spoke about the 2018 World Cup qualifiers, where he scored two goals against Chad to help the the Pharaohs qualifying to the third round.
“It was certainly very nice but we have more difficult matches ahead of us, there are very strong teams participating in the World Cup and Ghana is certainly one of them
“We have high hopes and we will try our best to make the dream of all the Egyptians come true and play in the World Cup,” The Egyptian added.
“We are aiming to qualify as we are in good form and have very strong professional players, we have achieved good things but I just don’t know why luck is not on our side.
“As an African team, We have often been at the top, We have won three African Cup of Nations in the last ten years, all of Africans knows that Egypt has a very strong team”
“We should always remember that there is still so much to come, my ambition is to keep progressing and hopefully I’ll go on to play in better teams, and I’ll get what I want for myself, my family and my country,” The Egyptian concluded.