It is gratifying to see Mohamed Zidan who I have always thought highly of as a player mature before your eyes. His pass to Gedo set up Egypt’s winning goal against Ghana in the CAN final. Gone it seems are the days of a player who arrogantly refused a national call to play for his country focusing instead on his club career. After which Ronnie Shehata vowed never to play him again.
“Zidan refused to join the team when we needed him most, before the Nations Cup. You can never count on these kind of players.”
Here is an interview which shows how much Zidan has changed for the better. He points to the lack of stars in the Pharoah’s squad as a reason for their success.
What is the secret behind the success of this Pharaohs team?
A lot of people tend to ask that question, but honestly, there is no secret. I think the most important thing is that we don’t really have any big stars in our team. By that, I don’t mean we don’t have good players, but in our team, we see each other as equal. Everyone is there to work for the team. We have one objective and that is to make Egypt the best. We try and develop ourselves every match and improve.