Player Profile: Ahmed Hassan | Koka
Name: Ahmed Hassan ‘Koka’
Date of Birth: March 5th, 1993
Height: 1.91m (6 ft 3 in)
Current Club: Rio Ave (Portugal)
Previous Club(s): Al Ahly SC
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Virtually unheard of at the start of the 2012-13 season, Ahmed Hassan ‘Koka’ has burst on the scene in spectacular style over the last few months to establish himself as arguably Egypt’s most promising center-forward.
Starting out with Al Ahly, Koka got his first opportunities at top-level football not with his club team, but with Egypt’s U-20 team. Selected for the 2011 African Youth Championship, he played 111 minutes for Egypt as they finished in third place, qualifying for the 2011 U-20 World Cup in the process. There, he again showed promise, but could not make the difference as Argentina knocked Egypt out in the round of 16.
By the end of 2011, Koka decided to make a bold, risky move for the betterment of his career; he transferred to Rio Ave’s youth academy on a free transfer from Al Ahly’s youth team. At first, it seemed like it may have been an unwise move. After featuring for only five minutes in the U-23 African Championships, Koka was not selected for the 2012 Summer Olympic games; Hany Ramzy opted to take the likes of Marwan Mohsen and Emad Meteb instead.
However, things quickly started to look up. Combing his natural talent with a good work ethic; Koka was promoted to Rio Ave’s first team in July 2012, and was appearing in cup competitions for the club as early as September. Soon, substitute appearances in the league became a regular weekly occurrence, and when he finally scored his debut goal in mid-December, the flood gates opened. By the end of the year, Koka had scored eight league goals, and boasted a impressive goal efficiency rate of a goal per 143 minutes.
There is still much to be worked on in Ahmed Hassan Koka’s game. It’s never good for a striker to pick up red cards, as undeserved as they may sometimes be, and Koka will have to make sure he times his tackles a bit better to avoid repeating or exceeding his total number of red cards this season. But, for a 20-year-old playing in a foreign league, Koka looks full of promise. He received his first full call-up to the national team earlier this year, and hopefully if he keeps playing the way he is, there will be many more to come.
– Shot power.
– Strong and aggressive.
– Capable penalty taker.
– A bit slow; needs to work on upping his speed.
– Passing game needs work.
– Must improve tackling if he is going to remain as aggressive as he is.
Teams Competitions Appearances Goals Assists
Al-Ahly 0 0 0
Rio Ave 2012/2013 Liga ZON Sagres 17 8 0
2012 Taça da Liga 5 2 0
2012 Taça de Portugal 2 0 0
Egypt U-20 2013 CAF U-20 Championship 3 0 0
2013 U-20 World Cup 3 2 1
2011 CAF U-20 Championship 2 0 0
2011 U-20 World Cup 2 0 0
Egypt U-23 2011 CAF U-23 Championship 1 0 0
Egypt 1 1 0
TOTAL 36 13 1
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