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Hussein El Shahat: Joining the national team is a dream come true

Al-Ain attacking midfielder Hussein El Shahat has expressed his delight being called up to the Egyptian national team for the friendly game against Portugal.

El-Shahat has impressed since joining the UAE Pro-League leaders in the last January transfer window, scoring five goals and assisting another five.

“The phone call that I received from the Egyptian Football Association means a lot to me. Joining the national team is a huge dream, especially before the World Cup,”

“I was so happy after receiving the call, even if I have been called up for a friendly game. I hope I can win my manager’s confidence to help my teammates achieve the nation’s dreams,”

Misr El-Makassa loanee has then spoken about the start of his career before joining Al-Ain.

“I started my career at Madinat Nasr youth team, and I’m very grateful to everyone at this club who helped in developing my talent,” El-Shahat told Al-Ain official website ahead of the game against Emirates.

“I played for seven years at Madinat Nasr before leaving at the age of 19 to join El-Sharkia El-Dokhan in the second division, where I played for two years before joining Misr El-Makassa,”

El-Shahat then spoke about the club’s position in the league, as they sat at he top of the table without conceding a single defeat in 15 games, however he believes it’s very early to predict the winners of the league now.

“It is too early to speak about champions, we are currently the leaders but the competition is very tough and there are three teams competing for the title. I believe that the title will only be decided in the very last rounds,”

“I am living the best days of my football career at Al-Ain, I have never felt homesick while playing for this club, I have been supported by everyone at the club since my arrival.”

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