Squash: I am always available for national duty, says Amr Shabana

Eslam Omar, Sunday 12 Jun 2011

Former World Champion, Egyptian Amr Shabana reached an agreement with the national team confirming his loyalty to Egypt

Amr Shabana
World Open Champion (2003, 2005, 2007 and 2009, Amr Shabana

The Egyptian squash champion Amr Shabana asserted that he will be in the national team for the World Championship in Germany in August 2011 after doubts about his participation with the Pharaohs.

“I am always available for national duty. I would never miss a chance to represent my country at any tournament,” current fifth seeded Shabana told President of the Egyptian Squash Federation Assem Khalifa.

“I am training now in the states as I live and I will be in Cairo soon to join my teammates,” the 31-year-old said.

Last week, Egypt squash team manager Amir Wagih named second seed Rami Ashour, third seed Karim Darwish and Mohamed El-Shorbagy, ranked ninth in the world, to represent Egypt in Paderborn from 21 August. At the time, Amr Shabana was doubtful as he reportedly exaggerated his financials demands.

“I have never doubted Shabana’s loyalty or love to Egypt,” Wagih told Ahram Portal, adding “The national team needs his efforts and experience to clinch the title as we did in Denmark in 2009.”

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