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Ramadan Sobhi reveals effect of AFCON on Stoke career

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Posted on April 26, 2017
Ramadan Sobhi

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Egypt international and Stoke City winger spoke about the importance of the 2017 African Cup of Nations in Gabon on his career with the Potters.

The 20-year-old starlet was a primary player in Hector Cuper’s AFCON squad and was the club’s first-ever representative in an African final. Upon returning from Gabon, coach Mark Hughes, who praised the player on different occasions, gave Sobhi more chances to start with the team.

“I was always trying to avoid thinking negatively about participating in matches. I was left out of the squad in some matches and that made me feel lonely, especially as I was a star in Egypt. I sat alone and cried sometimes, but in the end I trained hard,” the former star told CBC TV channel.

“After the end of the AFCON in February, I returned to England to my team and trained just twice to find myself being praised by everyone in the club after playing from the start in six consecutive league games,” he added.

Sobhi pointed out that in the first part of the season when he didn’t get enough game time he still trained seriously and gave a 100 percent.

“Scoring goals is not my main target, I aim to perform well and deploying my coach’s strategy on the field successfully,” he explained. “I am trying to avoid the previous mistakes that forced some Egyptian players to end their experiences in Europe early; like failing to adapt to the atmosphere outside Egypt or a lack of commitment,” he concluded.

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