Egypt U-23 coach still targeting Abou-Treika for London Olympics

Eslam Omar, Wednesday 4 Jul 2012

Olympic coach Hany Ramzy meets Ahly legend Abou-Treika in hopes of persuading latter to play on Egypt's U-23 squad in upcoming London games

Egypt's star Mohamed Abou-Treika (Photo: Al-Ahram)

Egypt's Under-23 team manager Hany Ramzy has spoken to Ahly's technical staff about including their midfielder, Mohamed Abou-Treika, in the Olympic squad before the London games kick off this month.

"Ramzy has met with the player to convince him to join the Olympic team, since his experience would really help the young Pharaohs' bid," read a statement published on the club's official website.

According to Olympic regulations, the team can include up to three players over 23 years old. Ramzy showed interest in the 33-year-old player previously, but Abou-Treika declined the offer to give other players the opportunity to participate.

One of the most popular players in Egypt and the Arab world, Abou-Treika holds an array of trophies and titles: two Africa Cup of Nations titles with the Pharaohs (2006 and 2008); three CAF Champions League trophies (2005, 2006 and 2008); a bronze medal from the 2006 FIFA Club World Cup; and a series of domestic and international trophies.

(See five of Abou-Treika's most memorable goals here.)

Ramzy also contacted Ahly to discuss the possible inclusion of striker Emad Meteb and midfielder Ahmed Fathy in the Olympic squad.

After being eliminated from the first round of the Arab Cup friendly tournament in Saudi Arabia last week, Egypt is now expected to name the members of its squad on 9 July, three days before flying to France for a closed training camp.

Egypt, who returned to the prestigious tournament after a 20-year absence, are currently tied with Brazil in a group that also includes Belarus and New Zealand.

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