Ahly's newly-signed goalkeeper Mosaad Awad (Photo: Ahly official website)
Egypt’s promising goalkeeper Mosaad Awad said on Friday he is unfazed by the prospect of playing second-fiddle to Ahly’s regular shot-stopper Sherif Ekramy.
The 20-year-old joined Ahly from bitter rivals Ismaily after producing some outstanding displays in the U-20 African Championship earlier this year to steer Egypt’s youth to their first continental title since 2003.
He also enhanced his burgeoning reputation with equally impressive performances in the U-20 World Cup in Turkey last month despite Egypt’s disappointing first-round exit.
However, Awad is expected to face a fierce competition from Egyptian international Ekramy, who has won over Ahly’s fans lately with a series of solid displays between the sticks after a difficult start to his second stint with the Red Devils.
“Ekramy is the best keeper in Egypt now. I will need to exert every possible effort to prove myself in the presence of Ekramy and the other experienced goalkeepers in Ahly’s squad,” Awad said in an interview with the club’s official website.
“Despite my young age, I’m ambitious and determined to play and help my teammates win trophies. I will gain experience from playing along with the likes of Mohamed Barakat, Mohamed Abou-Treika, Hossam Ghaly, Wael Gomaa and Ekramy.”
Awad also hopes that his move to Ahly will help him earn a call-up to Egypt’s senior team squad as the Pharaohs aim to qualify for the World Cup for the first time since 1990.
“It’s widely known that Ahly represent a shortcut to the Egyptian national team, who I’m looking to help reach next year’s World Cup finals in Brazil,” he added.
Zamalek's Abdel-Wahed El-Sayed is Egypt's first-choice keeper, with Ekramy given the understudy role.
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