Mostafa Mohamed: I’m not the star of Egypt’s U-23 team
Egypt U-23 international and Zamalek forward Mostafa Mohamed has talked about the team’s ambitions ahead of their clash against Ghana on Monday.
Mohamed was Egypt’s hero on Friday as his goal against Mali secured the Pharaohs their first three points of the tournament.
The 21-year-old was awarded the Man of the Match award for his performance against Mali in Egypt’s opening game.
As Egypt play Ghana in the U-23 AFCON on Monday, Mohamed affirmed that the Pharaohs’ goal is to win the tournament and qualify for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.
“Our goal is not just to win one or two games, we want to win the tournament and qualify for the Olympics next summer,” said Mohamed in a press conference.
“The Mali match was really tough for us, but we had a good game. I think the Man of the Match award I received was the result of the team’s hard work.
“I don’t really care much about the individual awards, the most important thing is that we got the win and the three points.
“I’m not the team’s star, we work as a group and we have a lot of talented forwards.
“Scoring goals is not the only measure of a good striker. There are strikers that don’t score much but are important to their team.
“Liverpool’s Roberto Firmino is an example. He doesn’t score a lot, but he’s very important to the team and he assists Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah in scoring goals,” Mohamed concluded.
Egypt are currently top of Group A of the U-23 AFCON with three points, two points ahead of second-placed Ghana.
They host Ghana on Monday as a win for Egypt against the Black Stars would secure qualification for the round of 16. Kick-off takes place at 20:00 CLT.
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