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Aly Ghazal targets the World Cup with Egypt

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Vancouver Whitecaps midfielder has expressed his ambitions to be available with the Pharaohs in 2018 FIFA World Cup, believing his move to the MLS will be of a great help.

Ghazal has joined MLS’s side Vancouver Whitecaps last August from China’s Super League’s side Guizhou Zhicheng, as they are preparing for the start of the MLS next month.

“We want to do something for the country,” Ghazal said Tuesday after his team called off their regular training session and instead went for a run through the woods near their University of B.C. training base.

“We are building up, we went to the final of the African championship, it’s something big for the country. I’m doing my best to be there in the World Cup, I’m looking forward to the next camp. It’s a dream for everyone to be in the World Cup.”

The former Wadi Degla midfielder believes that the current generation of Egyptian players’ has the mentality that helped them succeed abroad, which he believes will be precious in Russia.

“It was just the mentality of the current players, before us there were not a lot of Egyptian players playing in Europe,”

“Since we were young, our generation wanted to play in other countries, different from older generations. And people are looking more now for Egyptian players.”

However, Ghazal has pointed out how difficult his start at Portugal was, when he joined CD Nacional in early 2013, where he experienced a completely different culture and language.

“It was hard, everything was new to me. Now I’m more experienced, it’s OK. When I moved here it was no problem, When you start with the team from pre-season, it gets easier, for communication, for everything.”

The 26-year-old has revealed his ambition to be be called up for the Egyptian Squad for the World Cup.

“Yes, it’s a target for me, but at the moment I’m just concentrated on the Whitecaps, to make a good season, until it’s time for the World Cup. I’ll work for that through the Whitecaps. If I’m doing well here, I’ll be doing well there.”

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