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Al-Deayea didn’t want Saudi Arabia to get drawn against Egypt

Al-Deayea didn't want Saudi Arabia to get drawn against Egypt

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legend  has praised and Shikabala, adding that Arab teams can qualify for the knockout stages in the World Cup.

The 45-year-old, who represented Saudi Arabia in 178 games, was part of the Saudi golden generation who played in the 1994, 1998, 2002 and 2006 World Cups.

“I didn’t want Egypt and Saudi Arabia in the same group, but that’s the draw,” Al-Deayea told DMC Sports.

“The Arab teams’ chances are good, the strong team is the one who qualifies. We need to learn from our past experiences in the World Cup.

“They have six months to prepare for the tournament and play tough friendly games. They can qualify for the knockout stages, he added.

The former Al Hilal and Al-Ta’ee goalkeeper has hailed Mohamed Salah and Shikabala, claiming that the Egyptians in Saudi Arabia are playing better than the Europeans.

“Mohamed Salah is producing great performances. The World Cup is a huge chance for the Arab players to attract offers from Europe,” he said.

“The Egyptian players in Saudi Arabia are better than the Europeans. All the Egyptians in the Saudi Pro League are doing a great job, but the one who drew my attention is Shikabala. He is a special player,” he concluded.

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