Egypt's Shikabala to feature with Sporting Lisbon 'B team' on Sunday

Mahmoud Elassal, Friday 14 Feb 2014

The former Zamalek winger to play with Sporting Lisbon's B team on Sunday, likely to make his senior team debut against Rio Ave on 22 February

Mahmoud ‘Shikabala’ Abdel-Razeq

Sporting Lisbon new signing Mahmoud ‘Shikabala’ Abdel-Razeq will play his first game with the Portuguese side on Sunday during the B team's game against Tondela, the player's official Facebook page said on Friday.

"Shikabala will play his first game with Sporting B team on Sunday in the game against Tondela as he is prepared to join the first team squad next week," read a statement on his Facebook page.

The 27-year-old is now expected to make his senior team debut when Sporting play Rio Ave in the Portuguese league on 22 February.

Shikabala completed his move from Zamalek to Sporting Lisbon mere minutes before the January transfer window closed.

He joined Sporting on a four-and-a-half year deal with a release clause of 45 million Euros.

A product of Zamalek's youth academy, the talented schemer is a fan favourite, albeit one who is often criticised for failing to live up to his potential due to recurring on- and off-field antics.

His only previous spell in Europe was with Greek side PAOK between 2005 and 2007.

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