Egypt trainer issues hands off warning on Abou-Treika

Ahram Online, Sunday 1 Sep 2013

Zaki Abdel-Fattah defends Abou-Treika, joining some Ahly teammates and fans, against local media attack over alleged insults to army officer

Mohamed Abo Trika
Egyptian soccer star player Mohamed Abo Trika (Photo: AP)

Egypt goalkeepers trainer Zaki Abdel-Fattah became the latest in a long line to step up in defence of the Pharaohs and Ahly's icon Mohamed Abou-Treika following waves of attacks in the media.

The veteran playmaker, who supported the deposed President Mohamed Morsi in the 2012 elections, has been subject of claims that he verbally abused a military officer a week ago.

These allegations have been denied by Ahly and the player himself in official statements. 

But that wasn't enough to spare him critics.

"There are many false reports circulating in the media and I hope it would stop to help the team in this important phase," Abdel-Fattah told Ahram Sports Sunday.

"I read some stories claiming that Abou-Treika asked to be excused from Guinea game (in the World Cup qualifiers) but that is totally untrue. So hands-off of Abou-Treika and we should show him support because he is a key element in the team," he added.

The Pharaohs will start their training camp on Monday for their final group-stage game against Guinea in the World Cup qualifiers on 10 September.

Egypt have already secured the top of the Group G and will be waiting for the draw on 16 September for the final play-off game.

"We want to beat Guinea to have better classification in the World Cup and to please the Egyptian supporters," Abdel-Fattah said.

Abou-Treika has been shown warm support by his team and fans during Ahly's 2-1 win over Congo’s AC Leopards in CAF Champions League Saturday. Teammate Walid Soliman rushed onto him after scoring his goal, followed by several other players. Ahly hardcore fans, Ultras Ahlawy, who have assisted the game gave their much beloved player a loud and warm cheer throughout the game and chanted against media presentators who attacked him.

 

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