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Algeria’s Slimani helps Shikabala in adaptation

Slimani helps Shikabala

Algerian Islam Slimani, one of Sporting Lisbon’s top goalscorers, has been helping out the Egyptian Shikabala in adapting to Portugal and its football.

Slimani has been in great form in this past month, with four goals in four games and the role that coach Leonardo Jardim has had is what helped him gain confidence.

“Even when I didn’t play, he talked a lot to me and never stopped incentivizing me and believing in me,” said the Algerian striker in an interview to Le Buteur.

Slimani’s goal is to play in the Champions League and take part in the World Cup in Brazil, but also states that is still “too early” to talk about the title race and that Sporting’s win over Porto last weekend “did not change the goals”.

The 25-year-old then complimented his partner Fredy Montero, saying that he is “a great striker and an exemplary colleague” and also praised Shikabala, who is his fellow Arab in the squad.

“We are always together and talk about everything. He deserves to impose himself in the squad. I will do everything to help him fit in.”

Shikabala is yet to debut for Sporting’s main squad, having taken part in three B team matches.

Alexandre Queirós is a Portuguese sports enthusiast, with particular focus African, Portuguese and Oceanic football. He followed the exploits of the Egyptian players plying their trade in Portugal for KingFut.com and also covers the rest of African football for other websites. He also proudly sates that he has been on the BBC World Service radio, even though he only said one sentence.

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