Egypt doors are always open for talents, says coach Bradley

Ahmed Abd El Rasoul , Wednesday 9 Nov 2011

American coach Bob Bradley explains why he dropped iconic midfielder Mohamed Abou-Treika and included Ahmed Hassan, Mohamed Zidan and Essam El-Hadary ahead of Brazil's game

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Bob Bradley speaks in the press conference. (Photo: Basam El-Zogby)

Egypt coach Bob Bradley revealed that he has plenty of choices in attacking midfield and wants to give them the opportunity when he’ll face Brazil next Monday in Doha, Qatar.

(Mohamed) Abou-Treika is a great player but there are also many good players in his position and I preferred to give the chance to show what they got,” the American tactician said in a press conference on Wednesday.

Bradley announced his squad on Tuesday including four attacking midfielder; Ahmed Hassan, Mahmoud Abdel-Razek “Shikabala”, and Ahly’s flamboyant duo Walid Soliman and Abdallah El-Saied.

“I want to test some new talents but unfortunately I only added two young players to the squad Ahmed El-Shennawy and Ahmed Hegazy because of the U-23 team preparation,” the former USA coach added.

The 53-year old coach also explained the reasons why he picked up out-of-favor Essam El-Hadary and Mohamed Zidan. “Hadary needs support because of the troubles with his club and I think I can help. While Zidan has some great skills but he has to be fit first. I want to have a closer look at him.”

Talking about skipper Ahmed Hassan he said that he is a “special case” because he is only two matches away from breaking the world record of international appearances. The 36-year old featured in 177 games for the Pharaohs and is just a game behind former Saudi Arabia keeper Mohamed El-Dayeaa.

At the end, Bradley confirmed that his squad is not final and there will always be room for good talents in his team as “a new camp will be held after the games to include new elements”.

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