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Shikabala says he left Zamalek to join the national team

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In an interview on CBC, spoke on why he left , how he rejoined the national team and his goal against Ghana.

Shikabala declared that he left the White Castle as he believed it was the only way he could join the national team.

“Before the start of the season, I felt I had nothing to add  to Zamalek, so I preferred to leave and have a new experience abroad and I was also hoping to rejoin the Egyptian national team.

“Osama Nabih was the first person from the technical staff of the national team to contact me, he informed me that I will join the team in the game against Ghana,” said the 32-year-old.

“I told Omar Gaber , that I had my scoring boots and I had a gut feeling that I was going to score. After the goal I went to celebrate with Gaber because I told him that I was expecting to score,” revealed the former Sporting Lisbon winger.

“After Egypt secured qualification to the 2018 World Cup, every player is focused on joining the team and I am one of those players. My best games for Al-Raed were against Ittihad and Al Ahli, and my favorite goal was against Ittihad.”

The former Zamalek star said he could not handle the pressure and the blame at the club anymore.

“Things are different in Zamalek, when we lose or when things are going well, I am always the one getting all the blame, I was the first one to be accused,” he concluded.


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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