Osama Nabih: Ekramy is an important player for Egypt’s national team
Egypt’s assistant coach Osama Nabih spoke about the future of Al Ahly keeper Sherif Ekramy with the Pharaohs after his howler against Esperance.
The 34-year-old’s howler in the early minutes of the second half of the Red Devil’s CAF Champions League quarter-final encounter gave Esperance de Tunis the lead when both teams were on equal terms, at 1-1, before Al Ahly managed to clinch the draw in the 66th minute through Walid Azarou.
When asked about Ekramy’s future with the national team, Nabih praised the Egypt international keeper, saying he’s a key player, who’ll remain to be part of the Pharaohs’ squad.
“Sherif is a big goalkeeper with much experience and is an important part of Al Ahly and the national ream. He will remain to be part of the national team” Nabih said.
Egypt will play Congo in the penultimate game of the group stages of World Cup qualifying on October 8 in Alexandria’s Borg El-Arab Stadium. The reverse fixture ended in a 2-1 win for the Pharaohs.
“We don’t evaluate players based on one game only. Ekramy has gone through many hard times with Al Ahly and he has the experience to overcome this,” Nabih added.
“Al Ahly are very much still in contention and have the ability, with Ekramy’s experience, to come back from Radès victorious,” Nabih concluded.
Al Ahly will play in the second leg of their quarterfinal matchup with Esperance Sportive de Tunis on Saturday in Radès.
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