Pharco FC winger Warda says depression behind absences

Ahmed Abd El Rasoul , Wednesday 15 Nov 2023

Pharco FC winger Amr Warda said that he is undergoing treatment for depression, adding that this is the reason why he missed the club’s recent trainings.



Earlier in September, the club announced signing the 30-year-old Egyptian international on a free transfer, marking his return to the domestic league after spending eight years abroad.

Warda, who has had multiple controversies at the club level as well with the Pharaohs, made just a single appearance with Farco amid accusations that he lacked commitment.

Egyptian media reported that the club officials are aiming to terminate the player’s contract.

However, Warda came out to defend himself.

“The reason behind missing trainings is that I have been undergoing treatment for depression for a while and I have evidence of that. The club knows this fact well and all parties there respect me,” the player told MBC Masr late on Tuesday.

Unstable European journey

Warda started his European career early in 2015, departing Ahly's U-21 team to join Greek side Panetolikos.

Throughout his career, he played for various Greek clubs, including PAOK, Atromitos, Larisa, and Volos, but drew repeated accusations that he lacked commitment.

In the summer of 2021, Warda moved to the Cyprus League, where he featured for Anorthosis and Apol.

Warda had a brief stint with Moroccan side Raja, but the contract was terminated at the player's request just two weeks after his signing.

“All the news last summer about joining a team in Iran or another in Cyprus were just rumours. What happened is that I signed for Raja, but directly next day I went to the hospital and remained there getting psychological treatment for 15 days,” the player explained on Tuesday.

“For that reason, I terminated the contract by mutual consent and returned to Egypt again,” he added.

National team sin

Warda, who has made 30 appearances for the Egyptian national team, last played for the side in July 2019.

Warda was a member of the team that played in the 2018 World Cup and the 2019 African Cup of Nations.

However, he was excluded from Egypt's camp at the 2019 Nations Cup at home for disciplinary reasons, after coming under fire over accusations of inappropriate behavior on social media.

He was pardoned at the time by the football association, reportedly after pressure from his teammates, and made a public apology.

Warda said that he was young (24) at the time of the national team problem, adding that everyone has faults and that he has been under fire ever since.

“Now I am 30 years old and people must know that god forgives the sinner and that I will not go to hell for just one mistake. If people want me to retire I will do so,” the player said.

“I want my family to be proud of me again. My target is to return to play in Europe and to rejoin the national team. All I want is to see people standing behind me as I represented the Egypt team before and no one can feel the fatigue I am feeling now,” he concluded.

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