Ahly coach hints permanent Hull switch for Gedo, awaits Fathi’s return
Hossam El-Badry spoke to reporters on Friday about Gedo’s potential permanent stay at the KC Stadium and Ahmed Fathi returning home at the end of his loan deal, with the latter being unsettled due to his lack of game time.
Egypt international Mohamed Nagy ‘Gedo’ who’s enjoying a fine start to his career at Hull City after scoring five goals in his first six appearances, could very well see his loan move to the KC Stadium made permanent after Al-Ahly coach Hossam El-Badry told reporters on Friday: “Gedo performs well with Hull City and in the case he helps them achieve promotion to the Premier League, I won’t stand in the way if he gets an offer that benefits both Al-Ahly and the player.”
El-Badry continued to praise 28-year-old Gedo, who has netted 17 goals in 32 international appearances: “he can make a history for himself in English football,”
The Ahly tactician also spoke about the second Al-Ahly player loaned out to Hull City, Ahmed Fathi, saying: “Fathi will be a valuable addition to our squad when he returns from his loan spell at the end of the season. The right side misses him.”
Egypt international Ahmed Fathi, who has been capped over 90 times by his country, recently spoke to The Independent about his current frustration at Hull City due to his lack of playing time. When asked whether it was of much importance to him that he was in the starting lineup every week given the circumstances in Egypt, he immediately replied with, “Yes, it matters even more.”
“I feel different to before [Port Said], yes, but when people die, you cannot stop. You must complete your life. For me that means I must play.
“You must understand how important work is in Egypt. Always, but especially now. Football is my work. You must concentrate on your work and do it better. When you have good work, hard work, everything can be normal.”
With the return of the Egyptian Premier League Ahmed Fathi feels as if he is stranded at Hull City, with his club Al-Ahly playing regularly fixtures including in the African Champions League: “Now Al-Ahly play Champions League again. They probably would like me and Gedo back, but we have contracts with Hull. But it’s a problem for me because I’m not playing. But I came from Egypt to play.”
“I train very hard, I play for the reserves, but I stay on the bench. I don’t know why. The manager in Egypt told me before I came here, ‘Don’t go please, the league will start again, Champions League too, and I need you’. But I take my choice and come here. That is football. But I need to work. I have to work.
“The league had to start, because we have a national team, we have big matches coming, the World Cup in Brazil. And it has started, and everything’s OK.
Ahmed Fathi concluded that he is not surprised with fellow Egyptian international Gedo’s impressive start at the KC Stadium: “I’m not surprised about Gedo. I know he is a very good player – physical, fast, and when he has a chance, he scores. In Al Ahly he has many more chances. Here, I tell him, ‘There will not be so many chances. Here you have a chance, you must score’, and he has. He’s a good player.”
Both players are currently on international break and will be featuring in Egypt’s next World Cup Qualifying game against Zimbabwe on Tuesday.
– Ahmad Yousef
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