Adam El-Abd recounts training with Egypt, Salah’s help
El-Abd was called up for the first time for Egypt in May 2012 where he made his debut in an international friendly against Cameroon. He was capped for seven times for the Pharaohs, all of them during Bradley’s stint as Egypt manager.
The 34-year-old central defender made 20 appearances for Wycombe in all competitions this season, scoring two goals. He joined the club in summer 2017 on a free transfer after seeing out his contract with Shrewsbury Town.
“Training was enjoyable but I struggled with the downtime having to spend so long in a hotel room. My Arabic isn’t great so it felt like I was by myself a lot of the time. I found it very tough,” El-Abd said.
El-Abd explained how he received assistance from Liverpool star Mohamed Salah back then and how he tried to help him break the language barrier.
“I ended up rooming with him. He spoke a bit of English and tried to help me get by. He’s a really nice guy.”
“It was 40 or 50 degree heat and I was marking Mo Salah in the Cairo sun. You could tell he was special. Everything he hit just flew in. He had electric pace, strength — the lot. He wasn’t such a household name then but everybody in Egypt knew how good he was. Now he is king of the Kop and the king of Egypt.”
“He lit the Swiss league up but didn’t get a chance at Chelsea. Sometimes a path is blocked but you find a different route and end up ahead.”
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