Morsy disappointed to be left out of Egypt squad
Egypt international midfielder Sam Morsy has expressed his disappointment at being left out of the Pharaohs squad for AFCON 2017 due to a military issue.
Sam Morsy, who is on loan at Barnsley from Wigan Athletic, is now facing a new obstacle in his dream to represent Egypt at a major tournament, and it all started when he failed to join the Pharaohs’s squad in their last two World Cup qualifiers due to a passport issue.
After sorting out his passport issues, Morsy is now facing a military issue which ended his opportunities of representing Egypt at the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations which will be held in Gabon next January.
“I’ve been desperately trying to get the papers over the line in the last month,” the Egyptian said.
“We’ve sorted out the passport issue and then I got a message from the assistant the other day saying that we hadn’t sorted out the military issue in time.
“In Egypt they have to exempt you from the military, so that was really disappointing for me. It’s something that I’ve been really looking forward to.
“I had to miss two World Cup qualifiers as well due to the passport issue, so that got sorted and then there’s another issue.
“It was a kick in the teeth because you know it’s a big opportunity to represent your country,” Morsy added.
The midfielder’s only appearance for Egypt was against Guinea in a friendly back in August, but all that isn’t stopping Sam from playing well for Barnsley as he has netted twice in his last 10 appearances for the Championship side.
The former Port Vale and Chesterfield player also added that he has to keep on performing at club level in order to be ready for the national team when all his issues are sorted.
“It’s really disappointing but I’ve just got to keep performing at club level and hopefully when the next fixtures come around I’ll have no issues and I’ll be in the manager’s thoughts,” Morsy added.
“You just have to get on with it and move on.
“It gives me motivation to make sure I’m playing well and to make sure the club’s winning games of football,” he concluded.
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