Mohamed Barakat talks about Mahmoud Kahraba’s Egypt call-up
Kahraba was included in Hossam El-Badry’s six-man foreign-based players list for the next international break.
The 25-year-old joined Portuguese side C.D Aves in August after going AWOL at Zamalek and failing to report back for his club’s pre-season preparations due to a disagreement over the validity of his contract at the club.
The former Basel man and his agent claimed that the player’s contract at Zamalek has run out on June 30, which allowed Kahraba to sign for C.D Aves for free.
However, Zamalek’s president Mortada Mansour said that Kahraba is under a contract until June 2023, and filed a complaint against the player.
While Kahraba and his agent try to resolve their dispute with Zamalek, Egypt’s national team manager Mohamed Barakat has urged the winger to not get distracted by matters off the pitch.
“Kahraba is no stranger to the national team,” Barakat told Time Sports. “He was involved in the 2017 African Cup of Nations and the 2018 World Cup.
“He’s had problems with Zamalek lately but we know how well he performs and the impact he makes when he’s only focused on football.
“His problem right now is that he’s distracted by issues off the pitch. Hossam El-Badry is strict and Kahraba’s discipline will be key in determining whether he’ll be a part of this team or not,” Barakat added.
Barakat then went on to explain El-Badry’s decision to include SC Braga forward Ahmed Hassan Kouka in the squad, saying: “Kouka hasn’t shown his best yet but El-Badry is convinced that he can get the best out of him.”
Egypt have been drawn in Group G of the 2021 African Cup of Nations qualifiers with Comoros, Kenya, and Togo.
The Pharaohs will kick-off their qualifiers when they host Kenya in the next international break on 15 November.
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