• Date of birth :05/03/1986
  • Age :33
  • Weight :76 kg
  • Height :1.83 m
  • Team :Egypt
  • Position :Forward
  • Club :Al-Raed

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Probably one of the most wasted Egyptian talents, Mahmoud "Shikabala" Abdel-Razeq never lived up to his potential.

The speedy winger, who made his debut with Cairo giants Zamalek in 2001 at the age of 16, was blessed with incredible ball control and dribbling skills plus a powerful left foot that often left defenders and goalkeepers bamboozled.

Seventeen years later, Shikabala’s journey with the national team is considered barely successful, in contrast to his billing. He has only managed to play 31 games for Egypt, winning the African Cup of Nations title in 2010 albeit without making a major impact.

The long-time Zamalek star had a long career marred by disciplinary problems and personal troubles despite having the chance to shine early in his career with some European clubs such as PAOK and Sporting Lisbon.

But recently, he has managed to redeem himself with some fine displays with Saudi team Al-Raed, and now an experienced Shikabala earned his place inthe Egypt squad after almost three years of absence.

He got his first international cap under coach Hector Cuper last November for a World Cup qualifying clash at Ghana, scoring Egypt’s only goal as the already-qualified side held the hosts to a 1-1 draw.

Shikabala had an impressive season with Al-Raed, scoring nine league goals and providing four assists.

He has been regularly picked since the Ghana clash as Cuper sees him as a good replacement for first-choice playmaker Abdallah El-Said.