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Hossam Ghaly: I’m not sad over national team exclusion


Al Ahly captain Hossam Ghaly has spoken out about the Egyptian national team ahead of the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations and asserted that he will not apologize to the national team’s coaching staff as he is not at fault.

was left out of Héctor Cúper‘s 23-man squad that is set to travel to Gabon for the 2017 AFCON. Ghaly’s last match with the national team was in March 2016, when the Pharaohs beat Nigeria to book a spot in the AFCON.

Ghaly expressed his happiness over Egypt’s success in reaching the AFCON.

“I’m happy for the national team and I wish them the best of luck. I’m not sad about my exclusion, because I’ve already won the AFCON with Egypt in 2010 and I’m currently focusing on giving my all in training,” he said.

Ghaly’s disagreement with Osama Nabih was and continues to be a major reason for the player’s exclusion from the squad on several occasions.

A reconciliation meeting between Ghaly and the national team’s coaching staff was set to take place in Al Ahly’s President Mahmoud Taher‘s office, but Ghaly was unable to show up.

“I thought the meeting was in his office inside Al Ahly club, and I was heading there until I realized the meeting was taking place elsewhere,” explained Ghaly.

“I called President Taher and informed him that I will not be able to attend the meeting without missing the team practice. He told me to stay at the club and set up a meeting for the future with me,” claimed the 35-year-old.

The former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder, who is known to be short-tempered, concluded by saying, “No one has asked me to apologize, and I will not apologize for something I have not done.”

The midfielder also announced his decision and date of retirement.

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