Egypt's Abou-Treika blames luck for Bani Yas defeat

Mahmoud Elassal, Sunday 31 Mar 2013

Egypt and Bani Yas forward suffers fatigue during the 2-1 loss to Al-Nasr in the UAE league

Egypt's Mohamed Aboutriaka (C) celebrates with assistant coaches Diaa El Sayed (R) and Zaki Abd El Fatah after defeating Zimbabwe in their 2014 World Cup qualifying soccer match at Borg El Arab "Army Stadium" March 26, 2013. (Photo: Reuters)

Egypt and Bani Yas forward Mohamed Abou-Treika revealed that he felt a lack of fitness before the game against Al-Nasr in the United Arab Emirates league on Saturday, after having played for the national team on Tuesday in the 2-0 win over Zimbabwe in the 2014 World Cup qualifiers.

"I did my best to help Bani Yas during the game, despite suffering from exhaustion," Treika told UAE newspaper Al-Bayan after the game.

"Luck was against us throughout the game," he said.

The veteran playmaker, who has been sidelined since 15 February, made his long-awaited comeback from injury in Bani Yas's 2-1 defeat by Al-Nasr in the UAE league on Saturday only two days after playing for Egypt’s senior team.

"Al-Nasr made use of Bani Yas's mistakes during the game and managed to score twice and get the victory," he concluded.

The 35-year-old Egyptian star, who joined Bani Yas this winter from Egyptian giants Ahly on loan until the end of the current season, has managed quickly to prove his worth in the UAE, as he scored twice in two appearances before being injured.

He supported Egypt to beat Zimbabwe 2-1 in the World Cup qualifying Group G when he converted a late penalty.

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