Fans must show more patience with goalkeepers, says Egypt coach

Eslam Omar, Thursday 27 Oct 2011

The Pharaohs’ net is secure despite media noise, insists Egypt goalkeeper coach Abdel-Fattah

Egyptian goalkeepers; Shinnawy, El-Sayed, El-hadary and Abou-Gabal

Egypt goalkeepers coach Zaki Abdel-Fattah insisted that Egypt was full of talented goalies, adding that he was monitoring a list of 22 shot-stoppers to potentially guard the Pharaohs’ net.

“Concern over Egypt’s keeper position is artificial. There are many responsible players in the country that can fill this position,” said former United States keeper coach, who currently assists American manager Bob Bradley at his Egypt job.

During former coah Hassan Shehata's era, The Pharaohs’ net was guarded by evergreen keeper Essam El-Hadary. But there are concerns in local media that no other Egyptian player can fill the shoes of the 38-year-old Sudanese Al-Hilal keeper.

“No one can deny the abilities of keepers like Abdel-Wahed El-Sayed [Zamalek], Ahmed El-Shinnawy [Masry] and Mohamed Abou Gabal [ENPPI],” Abdel-Fattah was quoted as saying by weekly sports magazine El-Ahram El-Reyady.

“Fans and critics aren’t patient enough to allow new talents to flourish, as one mistake is enough to shoot down a promising keeper,” he added. “Have a little confidence in them and they’ll give you back a good performance.”

Egypt’s new technical staff are currently monitoring the Egyptian League matches before announcing Egypt’s squad ahead of a Brazil friendly in Qatar on 14 November.

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