Top 10 Most wanted Egyptian league players

الأربعاء، 09 يناير 2013 - 00:34

كتب : Omar AbdelAziz

1-Mohamed Al-Nenni

Age: 20

Club: Arab Contractors

Position: Central midfielder

Senior international caps: 19

He’s got…a neat pass, considerable work rate and excellent positioning.

Could be better if…he scored more goals by improving his shooting, and showed better resilience in defense.

Fact: Al-Nenni was a member of Ahli’s youth system for 11 years before being ditched at the age of 16.

2-Saleh Gomaa

Age: 19


Position: Central midfielder

Senior international caps: 5

He’s got…quick feet, great vision and ball control, which make him a true midfield wonderkid for Egypt.

Could be better if…he worked on raising his stamina and physical attributes.

Fact: He was the youngest member of Egypt’s U-20 World Cup squad in Colombia 2011.

3- Ahmed Al-Shennawi

Age: 21

Club: Masri (on loan at Zamalek)

Position: Goalkeeper

Senior international caps: 8

He’s got…the confidence of a veteran despite his young age, and is undoubtedly the potential heir to Essam Al-Hadari’s legacy as Egypt number one.

Could be better if…he managed to deal with crosses more comfortably.

Fact: The first African goalkeeper to be nominated for CAF’s Young Player of the Year Award in 2011.

4- Marwan Mohsen

Age: 23

Club: Petrojet

Position: Striker

Senior international caps: 5 (3 goals)

He’s got…the physique to play as a target man, the ability to cause havoc inside the box and a cool finishing touch.

Could be better if…he left Petrojet for Europe before it is too late.

Fact: Mohsen scored on his senior Egypt debut in Sierra Leone in a CAN 2012 qualifier, before netting a double in the next game against Niger.

5- Ahmed Mekki

Age: 25

Club: Harras Hodoud

Position: Striker

Senior international caps: 21 (4 goals)

He’s got…the forward style of Robin van Persie.

Could be better if…he worked harder to make his presence more felt on the international stage, given that his goalscoring record is far from impressive.

Fact: Mekki was the Egyptian Premier League second top-scorer before the competition was called off last season with nine goals.

6-Ahmed Temsah

Age: 26

Club: Dakhlia (On loan at Dhofar, Oman)

Position: Forward - Winger

Senior international caps: 17 (2 goals)

He’s got…the ability to dribble with both feet, decent pace and the courage to take on defenders and run into space with the ball.

Could be better if…he made good use of his unfancied international experience by kicking his game up several notches before his club’s poor status affects him.

Fact: Remarkably, Temsah played more international games than the top-flight club appearances he made during his whole career so far!

7- Bassem Ali

Age: 24

Club: Arab Contractors

Position: Right-back

Senior international caps: 8

He’s got…the skill and pace to surge and cross from the right; a typical offensive full-back.

Could be better if…he improved his defensive attributes and became more solid when his team don’t have the ball.

Fact: Ali has never represented Egypt at a junior or senior level competition.

8- Ahmed Ali

Age: 26

Club: Ismaili

Position: Striker

Senior international caps: 7 (4 goals)

He’s got…the resilience of a battering ram and a clinical finish as well; a combination that keeps him in Ahli’s shortlist of strikers despite not being so young.

Could be better if…he significantly improved in terms of consistency, given that he is already 26.

Fact: Ali found the net in his first two minutes with Egypt, scoring a brace on his debut against DR Congo in 2010.

9- Islam Ramadan

Age: 22

Club: Harras Hodoud

Position: Left-back

Senior international caps: 5

He’s got…the discipline and professionalism that most of Egyptian youngsters lack; attributes which make him an orthodox defender.

Could be better if…he developed his attacking mentality with better crossing and presence in the final third.

Fact: Ramadan started all 14 league games for Hodoud last season when the Alexandrians were leading before the competition was called off.

10- Amr Al-Sulaya

Age: 22

Club: Ismaili

Position: Defensive midfielder

Senior international caps: 10

He’s got…the vision, figure, long-range shooting of a commanding midfielder; could be the next Hosni Abd-Rabou for Egypt.

Could be better if…he avoided continuous injuries at such an early stage of his career.

Fact: Al-Sulaya scored his first-ever senior goal at the age of 19, courtesy of a crucial winner in Ismaili’s 1-0 win over Zamalek in 2009.

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