Mainz cool coach thanks Egypt’s sunshine boy Zidan

Ahmed Abd El Rasoul , Tuesday 28 Feb 2012

Egypt’s Zidan brought goals, points and joy again to Mainz coach, who calls him 'a sunshine boy'

Mohamed Zidan
Mainz Coach Thomas Tuchel (L) with his striker Mohamed Zidan

Mainz coach Thomas Tuchel has praised his loan Egyptian striker Mohamed Zidan for his outstanding performance with the Bundesliga team.

"I want to thank Zidan: he is a sunshine boy now." Tuchel told German newspaper Bild on Monday.

Zidan made an impressive start to his third stint with Mainz after rejoining them from Borussia Dortmund in January, scoring once in each of his four appearances.

"We wanted a player who wants the spotlight and wants to play the lead role," added the 38-years old coach.

On Saturday, the Pharaohs hitman scored his 4th as Mainz crushed Kaiserslautern 4-0 to jump for the 10th place in the 18-team table with 27 points from 23 games.

According to Bild, Tuchel morale is higher again as he keeps laughing at jokes with his players on the training pitch.

"Mr Tuchel is similar to Jürgen Klopp at Dortmund. We also have fun here: we laugh a lot," said Zidan who decided to leave Dortmund in search of more regular first-team football.

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