Adam El-Abd: Playing for national team was proud moment
While there have not been many foreign-born players that have played for Egypt’s national team, one of the early cases was Adam El Abd.
Due to his form for Brighton where he captained them up to the second tier of English football, the centre-back made his way into international football and in an interview with Sky, he has detailed his experiences.
When asked what was the best moment of his career, El-Abd said, “Getting my first Egypt cap and playing international football.
“I won my first cap in Sudan. There was a revolution going on in Egypt at the time, so it wasn’t safe to play any football there. The Port Said stadium disaster had happened not long before.
“We played Cameroon in a friendly in Sudan. We won 2-1 and I came on at half-time. It went really well and it was an experience playing in that heat.
“We kicked off at nine o’clock at night and it was 40 degrees pitchside. It was like playing in an oven.”
El-Abd continued, “My dad is Egyptian, my mum’s English. My dad came over three or four times to watch me play for Egypt, in Egypt, Dubai, Spain. We had to play a few of the matches abroad because of the upheaval at the time.
“I was with the national team for two years and it was a proud moment for the family. It was a real honour for me to get selected, and to play with such top players was a great experience.”
The 34-year-old also spoke on the most embarrassing moment of his career, for which he said “In the one World Cup qualifier that I started against Guinea, I had a bit of an unfortunate moment with a bobble.
“I went to clear the ball up the pitch, it hit my knee and went in the bottom corner, which wasn’t the greatest of moments.
“You play six friendlies in a row and then it just happens that you get a rotten piece of luck like that. You can see on the video where the ball hits a divot on the pitch. As you can imagine, you don’t always play on the best surfaces in Egypt.”
El-Abd’s next game for Wycombe Wanderers will be against Barnsley in League 1 on Saturday, December 8th at 5 PM Egyptian time.
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