Ahly's Barakat considers coming out of international retirement

Eslam Omar, Tuesday 15 May 2012

Barakat, who quit international football following Port Said disaster, asks for time to consider reversing his decision following request by Bob Bradley

Mohamed Barakat
Ahly's Mohamed Barakat (Photo: Al-Ahram)

The Egyptian National team American coach Bob Bradley met with Ahly midfielder Mohamed Barakat on Monday asking him to reconsider his decision to quit international football. The former United States coach expressed interest in using Barakat in the upcoming decisive qualifiers. 

Barakat asked for time to consider the decision. The 35-year-old player had announced his international retirement following the Port Said disaster when he and his Ahly teammates witness the death of more than 70 fans last February.

The two have agreed to give the players some days before Barakat gives his final answer.

The Pharaohs are starting their bid for the 2014 World Cup and the 2013 African Cup of Nations (CAN) next month amid expectations of low supporters’ attendance.

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