Bani Yas coach: If it were me, I'd keep Egypt's Abou-Treika

Mahmoud Elassal, Monday 8 Apr 2013

Coach Jozef Chovanec of the UAE squad says that any coach hopes to have a player like Egypt's star striker, Abou-Treika

Mohamed Aboutrika
Mohamed Aboutrika (Photo: Reuters)

Bani Yas coach Jozef Chovanec announced Monday that if it were up to him he would do his best to extend the loan deal to keep Egypt forward Mohamed Abou-Treika.

"Any coach hopes to have a player like Abou-Treika on his squad," Chovanec was quoted as saying on UAE newspaper Emirate El-Youm.

"Abou-Treika is a talented player that helps his coach and teammates get the victory," he added.

Egypt playmaker Mohamed Abou-Treika gave Bani Yas a 1-0 win over Al-Shabab in the United Arab Emirates league on Saturday.

The 34-year-old, who took his tally to three goals with Bani Yas since joining from Egyptian giants Ahly on a short-term loan last January, made his return from injury in last week's 2-1 defeat by Al-Nasr.

"If I could take the decision inside Bani Yas management I would keep Abou-Treika for another spell."

"But my contract with the team will also expire at the end of the ongoing season," he conceded.

Early last week, Ahly coach Hossam El-Badry announced that veteran playmaker Abou-Treika, who joined Emirati club Bani Yas on another short-term loan deal, will return to the club where he made his name at the end of the season.

"It is difficult to offload Abou-Treika permanently, since he is one of the team's key players," El-Badry told the club's official website.

"I agreed to loan Abou-Treika to Bani Yas after he asked for this move, but it's difficult to allow him leave the club again," he concluded.

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