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Hassan Shehata: Shikabala is the reason I left Zamalek

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Legendary manager revealed that he is still not done with coaching and claimed was the reason he left back in 2012.

The three-time Africa Cup of Nations winning manager made important remarks on his past career decisions and the future that lies ahead.

“Coaching on a club level is totally different from coaching on an international level. With national teams you have a much wider variety of players to pick.

“My dream was to reach the 2010 World Cup with the great squad Egypt had back then, unfortunately what happened with the regulations back then didn’t help.”

Shehata was close to guiding the Pharaohs to the 2010 World Cup as Egypt and Algeria tied for first place in Group C of the qualifiers. However, The Desert Warriors beat Egypt 1-0 in a play-off in Sudan to secure their ticket to the finals.


The Zamalek legend also spoke about his spell as the manager of the White Castle between July 2011 and May 2012 Zamalek, which saw him lose the Egypt Cup final to ENPPI.

“I made great results with Zamalek on both domestic and African level, however, losing the [Cup] final was not easy especially with all the fans coming to celebrate.”

He revealed that a problem with Mahmoud Abdel-Razik Shikabala, who currently plays for Saudi side Al-Raed on loan, was the reason behind his Zamalek departure.

“In a certain game, Shikabala’s behavior while being subbed off was clearly ill-mannered. We were already winning and there’s no explanation for his reaction.

“At that time, [then club president] Mamdouh Abbas was out of the country, he spoke to me and asked me to get Shikabala back to the squad, I refused. Then we held a special meeting as he continued to try to convince me to get him back.

“I thought there was something completely wrong with getting him back to the squad, it was not right and the players could have never respected me if I went along with that, so I left. I love Shikabala, but back then the situation was messy,” he added.

London School for Journalism student. KingFut community manager, Saba7o Korah editorial team, Writing for Football Italia and I have featured for FourFourTwo, These Football Times and The Gentleman Ultra.

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