U-20 manager seeks salvation from league teams

Mahmoud Mohamed, Sunday 3 Jul 2011

Diaa El-Sayed, manager of Egypt's U-20 national team, asks that domestic league teams allow their players to join his training camp in Portugal on Monday

Diaa El-Sayed
Egypt U-20 national team coach Diaa El-Sayed

Egypt’s U-20 squad will travel to Portugal on Monday to begin training for the World Cup championship, according to youth coach Diaa El-Sayed who has asked the Egyptian league teams managements to let their players join him in the trip.

“We will travel to Portugal on Monday to play a friendly with the national team there,” the manager told Ahram Online.

In a plea to domestic clubs, El-Sayed asked that they save Egypt’s reputation by sending their young players to the Portugal training camp.

“I ask Ahly, Zamalek and Arab Contractors teams to send their players to the national duty after Sunday’s domestic league round,” he entreated.

“The three teams won’t make use of these young players in the remaining games of the Egyptian Premier League season, so there aren’t any problems with them joining the national team’s camp,” El-Sayed asserted.

The young Pharaohs’ tactician is angry with the aforementioned teams’ attitudes towards the national teams, as they suspend any players who join the camps.

Worth mentioning, the FIFA U-20 World Cup draw paired Egypt and Brazil in the opening game of the tournament in Colombia next July.

The young Pharaohs and Brazil will play in Group E, which also includes Austria and Panama, neither of whom were present when Egypt hosted the 2009 tournament.

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