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Analysis: Four Gharib mistakes against Chile

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Shawky GharibAfter a terrific and unexpected start from the Egyptian national team in Santiago against hosts , the Pharaohs succumbed to a below-par performance in the second-half of the match, which saw them give away a two-goal lead to lose 3-2.

KingFut‘s Marwan Ahmed analyzes four Gharib mistakes: match-changing decisions where Egypt coach was at fault, which led to the Pharaohs’ 3-2 loss against Chile in Santiago.

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Operations and Business Development Manager of KingFut. Degree in Pharmacy and Biotechnology from the German University in Cairo. Manchester United fan.



  1. Release the Kraken

    June 1, 2014 at 12:41 AM

    Hindsight is 20/20
    I agree with the 4 points but im also satisfied with the job the Gharib is doing with the team. It was a friendly so the coach cared more about getting experience for the players most. I think if this was a tournament game, most of these chances wouldnt have occurred. I would of liked to see what Saleh Gomaa can do in this formation also. Hopefully Ahmed Hegazy regains form soon! Also i think that by playing in Portugal that Shikabala will be able to perform better with the national team. I also think that Zidan has a few more years left in the tank.

    Overall not a bad result for a team missing Gedo, Soliman, Shika, Hegazy, Zaki, Gomaa, Trezuguet, Koka etc.

  2. Ossama

    June 1, 2014 at 6:31 AM

    Bro, Zidan is not suitable for the national team atm. I mean he is part of this unprofessional generation which came about during 2009 and I reckon we should be developing the likes of Hegazy, Saleh Gomaa, Salah, El-Neny and such who are definitely the future of this national team.

  3. Release the Kraken

    June 10, 2014 at 11:32 PM

    I didnt mean necessarily today. Zidan has tons of experience playing in a top league in Germany. He can help our youngsters and take some pressure of them at this stage in their career. If he can still contribute then i think the coaches should let him play at least one of the friendlies in order to boost his hopes of finding a good club. If he has kept himself in shape then his experience would be helpful as he has gone up against some of the toughest defenders. Even if he is only around in practice it would still help the team. I think the media makes up a lot of stories in order to sell papers so i think the unprofessionalism attributed to Zidan is mostly false. At 32 Zidan isnt likely to be playing 4 years from now in the national team, unless he goes to Ahly or Zamalek, but he can useful for the next African Cup of Nations.

    Another way in which Zidan can be useful is by providing a more experienced attacker for our young defenders to train with. Khaled Kamar simply doesnt have the experience to challenge our back line like Zidan can, in practice

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