Egypt's 2019 AFCON player profiles: Mahmoud Alaa, the top-scoring defender

Mahmoud Elassal , Mahmoud Elassal , Friday 14 Jun 2019,
Views:777
 Mahmoud Alaa
Zamalek's defender Mahmoud Alaa (Photo: Al-Ahram)

Full Name: Mahmoud Alaa Eldin

Position: Defender - Centre-Back

Date of Birth: Jan 28, 1991

Current club: Zamalek SC

Age: 28

Height:1,89m

Foot: right

Mahmoud Alaa has been one of the big hits in the Egyptian Premier League this season.

Having joined Zamalek from Wadi Degla in the  summer of 2017, Alaa established himself as a key defender in the heart of the White Knights' backline.

However, he gained fame this season not because of his tackles or crucial clearances but for his goals.

The 28-year old scored 17 goals this season in all competitions, climbing to the top of the team's scoring chart ahead of attacking midfielders and strikers.

A penalty specialist who also possesses excellent heading skills, he netted some crucial goals for Zamalek, including converting a spot kick that leveled the aggregate score in the CAF Confederation final against Morocco's RS Berkane, with the Cairo side eventually winning the title in the shootout.

Alaa made his debut with Egypt in 2012 under American coach Bob Bradley, playing two friendlies.

Last March, Alaa was called up for a friendly against Nigeria, one of Egypt's few warm-ups for the Nations Cup.

He may not be a regular choice in coach Javier Aguirre's lineup as Baher El-Mohamadi and Ahmed Hegazi have forged a fine partnership in defence, but he would be the first option on the bench.

(For more sports news and updates, follow Ahram Online Sports on Twitter at @AO_Sports and on Facebook at AhramOnlineSports.)

 

Short link:

 

ADD COMMENT

 
 
 
  • We will not publish comments which contain rude or abusive language, libelous statements, slander and personal attacks against any person/s.
  • We will not publish comments which contain racist remarks or any kind of racial or religious incitement against any group of people, in Egypt or outside it.
  • We welcome criticism of our reports and articles but we will not publish personal attacks, slander or fabrications directed against our reporters and contributing writers.
  • We reserve the right to correct, when at all possible, obvious errors in spelling and grammar. However, due to time and staffing constraints such corrections will not be made across the board or on a regular basis.

More news

More
Group A W D L P
Egypt
3 0 0 9
Uganda
1 1 1 4
DR Congo
1 0 2 3
Zimbabwe
0 1 2 1
Group B W D L P
Madagascar
2 1 0 7
Nigeria
2 0 1 6
Guinea
1 1 1 4
Burundi
0 0 3 0
Group C W D L P
Algeria
3 0 0 9
Senegal
2 0 1 6
Kenya
1 0 2 3
Tanzania
0 0 3 0
Group D W D L P
Morocco
3 0 0 9
Cote d'Ivoire
2 0 1 6
South Africa
1 0 2 3
Namibia
0 0 3 0
Group E W D L P
Mali
2 1 0 7
Tunisia
0 3 0 3
Angola
0 2 1 2
Mauritania
0 2 1 2
Group F W D L P
Ghana
1 2 0 5
Cameroon
1 2 0 5
Benin
0 3 0 3
Guinea Bissau
0 1 2 1