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Shikabala included in Sporting squad for Belenenses match

Shikabala included
28-year-old Egypt international attacker Shikabala has been called to Sporting Lisbon’s main squad for Saturday’s match against Beleneneses.

This is Shikabala’s second inclusion in Sporting’s main team, the first one having come last month, for a match against Marítimo. However, the Pharaoh did not make the bench and was forced to watch from the stands.

Shikabala has taken part in five Sporting B matches, having started four of those games. In his last B team game, he provided an assist for one of the goals and made a good match in a 3-3 draw against Farense.

His inclusion in the squad comes as a surprise after his agent said that he expects the Egyptian to feature next season and not the current one.

The match will be played this Saturday evening, at the Estádio do Restelo, in Lisbon.

Sporting squad:

Goalkeepers: Rui Patrício and Marcelo Boeck;
Defenders: Ivan Piris, Ricardo Esgaio, Welder, Maurício, Rojo, Jefferson and Eric Dier;
Midfielders: William Carvalho, Adrien Silva, Vítor, Gerson Magrão, André Martins and Carlos Mané, Capel, Carrillo, Heldon, Wilson Eduardo;
Strikers:  Shikabala, Slimani and Montero.

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 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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