Fri, 10/23/2009 - 04:03
A handful of Egypt's under 20 team's stars are reportedly on the summer shopping list of top clubs such as Shebein el Kom and Baladeyyet el Mahalla. After a shock 1-0 victory against established Trinidad & Tobago, the Young Pharaohs managed to keep their losses to under six goals to prove that they have what it takes to perform on the international stage.
With the likes of Bogy, Afroto, Jaackie and Mohamed Talaat, the future of the Egyptian national team is as shiny as the stars overlooking Cairo on a Thursday night. For the first time since the revolutionary flock of players that took Egypt to the World Cup in 1990, the upcoming generation proved to have excelled on key performance criteria, from hairdos to bitchy, yet commanding, attitudes.
Outstandingly, passes within the star-studded team were sometimes completed, and while that was often thanks to the opposition’s help, few can deny that many shots resulted in goal kicks rather than throw-ins. Of course, theatrical displays were second to none. Indeed, this young group is of a different breed.
All eyes were on Talaat as he promised to bring the land of civilization the joy and success granted by legendary figures and historically acclaimed professionals like Mido. As many noted, Talaat has chosen to let his hair grow, and purchased his hair band and other accessories from the same Red Light district store as his idol and role model, Mido.
"We are very proud of Mohamed (Talaat)," declared manager Miroslav Soukup. "We all know that he is a world class player. Even if no one's seen anything from him, we all know that it's true, and that proves my point."
Talaat has already excited many and filled the Egyptian fans with optimism after fighting with five different managers in a span of 6 months, and featuring for 13 different clubs.
But this is no one-man show, for the squad is packed with talent, with some of its players reportedly lasting up to 30 minutes on the pitch. This is not to mention the fighting spirit that saw them make a concerted 40% effort (at least!) in their encounter against Paraguay.
With bullish interests from Egypt's top clubs, there are fears of unrest in the locker room as many of the promising youngsters are losing focus. Manager Soukup, however, is confident they are on an uninterrupted road to success.
"We've already proven we can force teams to score an own goal, and have repeatedly avoided historical defeats" he said in a sure-footed tone, adding, "this is an ongoing success story."
El Koshary Today looks forward to covering the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, and invites the current U20s to watch alongside us from the stands.