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Lierse’s Elgabas worried for future of Egypt football

Striker Mohamed Elgabas voices anxiety about future of Egyptian football in light of country's fraught political situation

Eslam Omar, Thursday 22 Nov 2012
Lierse’s El-Gabbas worried over Egyptian football future
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Egyptian striker Mohamed Elgabas expressed his concern for the future of Egyptian football given the current political situation.

"Egyptian football isn't good at the moment. Since the revolution over one year ago, we haven't had a domestic league," said Elgabas, who is currently playing for Belgian side Lierse.

The Egyptian Premier League has been suspended since February, when 72 Ahly fans died after clashing with rivals Masry in Port Said stadium. The Egyptian champions' fan groups, meanwhile, vowed to stop any match held before the tragedy's perpetrators were brought to justice.

"This is very difficult for the players and the clubs, both financially and psychologically," the 24-year-old forward told the Belgium media.

"It has also, of course, greatly affected the national team because, once again, we haven't qualified for the African Cup," he concluded. "And this is a competition that we've previously won three consecutive times."

Lierse are currently 13th in the Belgian league table, with only one point above the relegation zone.

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