Seagulls offer Egypt’s Adam El-Abd new contract
Adam El-Abd has been offered a new one-year deal with Brighton, who were recently eliminated from the semi-finals of the npower Championship play-offs after losing in the second leg to Crystal Palace.
Egypt international Adam El-Abd, who has yet to put pen-to-paper, was offered a new one-year contract at Brighton & Hove Albion on Thursday, as his current contract is set to expire in June 2013.
Last week, El-Abd’s Brighton were eliminated from the Championship play-offs following a 2-0 loss at home to rivals Crystal Palace, ending their hopes of achieving promotion to the Barclay’s Premier League this season.
The first of the two legs was held at Crystal Palace’s Selhurst Park where a 0-0 draw was played out. Brighton were the better of the two sides but the Seagulls failed to take their chances to put the game to bed.
The Seagulls then hosted Crystal Palace at the AMEX stadium as favourites with their home crowd cheering them on, and since the away goal rule was not to be used, it was all in Brighton’s hands. However, two second half goals from Manchester United-bound Wilfred Zaha sends Crystal Palace to Wembley to face Watford in the play-off final on May 27.
Adam El-Abd was an unused substitute for both of the games, despite playing a crucial role at centre-back during the majority of the season for Brighton.
To add to Brighton’s woes, manager Gus Poyet has been suspended along with two members of his coaching staff after he publicly made comments about the club’s ambitions and his future at the club.
28-year-old Adam is expected to feature in Egypt’s World Cup qualifers next month against Zimbabwe and Mozambique.
Egypt secured maximum nine points from their first three games, which keeps them on track to qualify for the final round of World Cup qualifying, where they will play a two-legged encounter against one of the 10 groups’ leaders for a place at next year’s finals in Brazil.
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