UAE Al-Wasl have no worries over conduct of bad boy Shikabala

Mohamad Mosselhi , Wednesday 8 Aug 2012

Al-Wasl's sporting director says he is sure that Egyptian forward Mahmoud 'Shikabala' Abdel-Razek will not cause troubles at the UAE club


Emirati Al-Wasl said they have no worries over the conduct of Egyptian forward Mahmoud "Shikabala" Abdel-Razek after he joined them on a season-long loan from Cairo giants Zamalek.

Shikabala left Zamalek after the club placed him on the transfer list following his touchline row with former coach Hassan Shehata during an African Champions League preliminary-round game against Moroccan side Maghreb Fes.

The 26-year-old is often criticized by Egyptian media for failing to live up to his potential due to numerous disciplinary problems on and off the pitch.

"I'm sure that Shikabala will benefit the team," Al-Wasl sporting director Hamid Youssef was quoted as saying by Egypt's news agency MENA.

''The atmosphere in the club encourages any player to succeed. When we hired Diego Maradona as the team's coach last season we were worried about his character but he appeared in a normal condition, and I'm sure that Shikabala will do the same,'' he added.   

Argentina's legend Maradona was shown the door after Al-Wasl finished eighth in the UAE league under his guidance. He was replaced by French coach Bruno Metsu, famously known for steering Senegal to the 2002 World Cup quarterfinals. 

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