Mido recalls 2004 AFCON national team problems
Former Egyptian national team striker and current Wadi Degla coach Ahmed Hossam Mido recalled his time with the Pharaohs and problems that he faced back then.
Mido spoke about his relationship with former striker Amr Zaki, the clashes he had with coaches when he first joined the national team and the miserable 2004 African Cup of Nations.
“I had a different mentality as a player who played abroad at that time. I used to call my coaches without any titles,” he told Sada El Balad TV channel. “This was one of my problems with big Egyptian football figures at that time. I didn’t call them with their titles which made everyone mad at me until I sat down with coach Mahmoud El-Gohary.”
He said that he did not mean to be disrespectful to anyone, he just thought that it will take more time while playing to call coaches using titles. “Everyone knew that I respected them and Hany Ramzy understood me at that time,” he explained.
As for the 2004 AFCON, Mido said that it was a horrible championship for him and for the national team. “Rumors were everywhere. I did not put the starting line with coach Mohsen Salah as it was being reported,” the former Tottenham player added.
The young coach assured that he now has a good relationship with Amr Zaki and that he loves him. “We had one clash when we played for the national team and he told the media about a conversation that me, him and Emad Meteb had,” he said.
“We had a session before Zambia game in the qualifiers and Hassan Shehata told me, Hosni Abd-Rabo and Mohamed Abou-Treika that we will not start the game which was okay for all three of us. Before the game, Zaki and Meteb, who were going to start, were sitting together. I went to them and jokingly told them that their dad Shehata preferred them over me,” he explained.
Zaki later told the press about this incident saying that what Mido said frustrated him and Meteb. “Other than that I really love him and helped him a lot,” he concluded.
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