Shikabala joins the Pharaohs for South Africa battle, Abou-Treika out

Eslam Omar, Monday 23 May 2011

Egypt coach, Hassan Shehata will ignore Ahly’s playmaker, Abou-Treika for the Pharaohs squad ACN qualifying match against South Africa, confirms Zamalek’s Shikabala is in

Shikabala & Aboutreka

Egypt coach, Hassan Shehata, revealed that Mohammed Abou-Treika will not be called for the South Africa clash in the 2012 African Cup of Nations (ACN) qualifiers.

“Abou-Treika hasn’t participated in Ahly’s recent matches, as he hasn’t fully recovered from his injury, so I will not pick him,” The 61-year-old tactician told Egyptian media on Sunday.

The talented 32-year-old playmaker, who inspired the Pharaohs to clinch two successive ACN titles in 2006 and 2008, is not fully in form and has been heavily criticised lately.

“The player will be fit again soon, it’s just an adventitious case,” Shehata said adding “His problem is not age, as there are many players who are older than him and have an outstanding performance,”

In the same context, the Ahly’s tactician confirmed that Zamalek midfielder, Mahmoud Abdel-Razik “Shikabala” is among the Pharaohs’ squad for South Africa on 5 June in Cairo.

The former Greek club, Paok, forward has been in a scintillating form this season, scoring 12 goals in 22 league games to top the scorers' chart and inspiring the Cairo giants to lead the domestic league table and compete for first title since 2004.

The Pharaohs lie at the bottom of Group G with a solitary point from three matches, six behind leaders South Africa.

The winners of the 11 groups and the best two runners-up will qualify for the biennial tournament.

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