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Mido: Gent was special for me, English football suited me

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Posted on February 24, 2017

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Wadi Degla manager has recalled his period at Belgian side and said he has ‘very good memories’ about his spell.

Tottenham and Gent faced each other in the round of 32 in Europa League, where the Belgians managed to proceed to the next round after beating Spurs 3-2 on aggregate.

“[Gent] was a special place for me. It was the first club in Europe to give me the opportunity as a young player. They took really good care of me, which was important as I was only 17 at the time,” Mido told Tottenham’s official website.

“I made some very good friends there and I have fond memories. We finished fifth in the league the season I was there, which was a good achievement.”

“My Spurs debut? I had only arrived in the UK from Italy four days before that game. To come into the side and score twice on your debut in a 3-1 home win is something you dream about of course. I remember stepping out onto the pitch for the first time against Portsmouth at White Hart Lane and the atmosphere was incredible.”

“I always thought that English football would suit me and it was great to get out there and make an instant impact at Tottenham. I have very good memories of my time at the club. We had some fantastic players and it was a privilege to be a part of that. It’s a very special club and I class myself as a Tottenham supporter these days.”

“[Now] I am the head coach of an Egyptian Premier League club called Wadi Degla these days. I have been working at the top level for the last three years now. I managed the biggest club in Africa in my opinion () and I won the Egypt Cup with them in my first season. That made me the youngest Egyptian coach in history to win a major trophy. I have learned a lot from all the clubs I was at as a player and I’m really enjoying transferring that knowledge into my coaching. I am still undertaking my coaching badges, travelling over to Wales from time-to-time to study at Dragon Park,” he added.

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