Player Profile: Mossad Awad
Designed by Mohaned Ghanem
Name: Mossad Awad
Date of Birth: January 15, 1993
Height: 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)
Current Club: Al Ahly
Previous Club(s): Ismaily
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Amidst much speculation in the past few months, the shot stopper has finally sealed his move to Cairo giants Al Ahly. The former Ismaily man had a tough task ahead of him before the U-20 AFCON kicked off in March; many pundits thought that it would be an impossibility to replace Ahmed El-Shennawy, who was the previous U-20 goalkeeper under Diaa El-Sayed. Despite never making a senior appearance before, Mossad Awad has proven that he can be compared with his predecessor.
The Ismaily faithful had probably never heard much of Awad before the 2013 African Youth Championship. A goalkeeper who never made the substitutes bench for the Darawish and could be a Bosman come the end of the season. There were two questions that were on my mind for the first game against favourites Ghana. If he’s on his last year of the current contract, and still no negotiations with the Ismaily board, doesn’t that mean he’s simply not good enough? The other question on my mind was ‘the lad hardly gets fifteen odd spectators to watch him week in week out, how can he handle the pressure and be the man in between the sticks for the Young Pharaohs?’ Who was I to judge Rabie Yassin? Mossad Awad was basically faultless in the Ghana game, denying three clear cut chances in the space of five minutes. Throughout the tournament, he was proving us wrong, earning three clean sheets in five matches and putting in ‘Man of the Match’ performances against Ghana in the final and the group stage match-up, along with a heroic performance against hosts Algeria.
One on One situations- Definitely a specialty of Mossad Awad. The new Ahly signing is never surprised, he ‘expects the unexpected’. One of his main traits that allow him to be so cool is how he attacks the offensive player to allow him little space.
May succumb under pressure- I didn’t find any clear weakness to be honest, he’s a Beast. We’ll have to wait and see on how he’ll deal with the pressure. The World Cup in Turkey will probably be the first time Awad will have a gigantic task ahead of him. He won’t be playing against U-20 Egyptian sides, nor African sides who their ultimate goal is to reach the U-20 AFCON. Awad will face the best U-20 sides on the Planet.
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