What did the seniors offer to the Egyptian team in the Olympics?

The Egyptian Olympic team, led by Brazilian Rogerio Micale, is experiencing a major crisis, as its final list for participation in the “Paris 2024” Olympic Games has not yet been completed.

There are only hours left before the deadline to submit the final lists for participation in the Paris 2024 Olympics, and so far the identity of the three elderly players (over 23 years old) remains unknown, due to the refusal of many European clubs, as well as Egyptian clubs, to release their players to support the list of the Egyptian Olympic team.

According to FIFA’s agenda, the Olympic Games are not officially included, so any club can refuse to allow any of its players to participate in the Olympics, even if they are of legal age (born on or after January 1, 2021).

In the case of the Egyptian national team, Liverpool refused to allow Mohamed Salah to participate in the Olympics, followed by the Turkish club Trabzonspor by not allowing Mahmoud Hassan Trezeguet, then Eintracht Frankfurt of Germany with Omar Marmoush, Al-Wakrah of Qatar with Hamdi Fathi, Ittihad Jeddah with Ahmed Hegazy, and finally Al-Ahly of Egypt with Mohamed Abdel Moneim and Imam Ashour.

Brazilian Rogerio Micale weighs up the stars to choose the trio to join the Egyptian Olympic team

As for the French club Nantes, they welcomed allowing their star Mostafa Mohamed to participate in the Olympics, but the player’s injury, which will keep him off the field until after mid-July, ended his chances of being on the Egyptian national team list, despite Micale’s desire to use his services in advance.

Now, Mikali has only the approval of Ahmed Sayed Zizo and his club Zamalek to participate in the Olympics and support the list of the “Young Pharaohs”, but regarding the identity of the other players, the matter remains ambiguous. The Brazilian coach even suggested internally with the union officials not to use players over the permitted age – with the exception of Zizo – but the members of the “Gabalaya” council rejected that proposal, as they see the need to benefit from the rule that would benefit the national team.

The rule of using 3 senior players has been applied since the 1996 Olympics, so the Egyptian team only benefited from this rule twice, in the 2012 London Olympics and the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. So what did these players offer in these two competitions?

Egypt national team in the London 2012 Olympics

Hany Ramzy, the coach of the Egyptian Olympic team at the time, called up 3 players over the permitted age, namely the Al-Ahly trio at the time: Mohamed Aboutrika, Emad Meteb and Ahmed Fathy. At the time, the team qualified for the round of 16, before being eliminated by Japan with three clean goals.

Abu Trika wore the captain’s armband Olympic teamHe played a prominent role in the competition, scoring two goals and making two assists, contributing to the Pharaohs’ qualification to the round of 16 after finishing second in Group Three.

Aboutrika scored a goal against Brazil, and another against Belarus, against whom he also made a goal, and he made another in the match against New Zealand.

As for Emad Meteb, he also played 4 matches for a total of 330 minutes with the Egyptian Olympic team, and was only able to create one goal in the defeat against Brazil in the first round of the group stage. Ahmed Fathy also played 4 matches for a total of 339 minutes without any scoring contributions.

Tokyo 2020 Olympics

The Tokyo 2020 Olympics were held 3 years ago due to the “Corona virus”, and at that time Shawky Gharib summoned 3 players, namely: Ahmed Hegazy From Saudi Jeddah Union, Mohamed El-Shennawy from Al-Ahly Club and Mahmoud Hamdy El-Wensh, Zamalek defender.

The Egyptian team was in a tough group that included Spain, Argentina and Australia, and ended the competition in the round of 16 at the hands of Brazil, which later won the gold medal.

Mohammed Al-Shennawy He had a great performance at the Olympics, keeping two clean sheets and conceding only two goals in four games.

Egypt Olympic team coach Rogerio Micale

Al-Shennawy saved 14 shots on goal, and according to SofaScore, he received the highest rating among the national team players in the competition, with a rating of 7.53.

Ahmed Hegazy also showed a distinguished performance, and contributed to his team keeping two clean sheets, making 27 successful clearances, in addition to 7 interceptions, and winning 7 ground duels and 4 aerial duels, and was the second most rated player by SofaScore with a rating of 7.15.

Mahmoud Hamdy El-Wensh also contributed to the distinguished defensive performance of the Egyptian national team, as he successfully cleared the ball 10 times, in addition to 10 interceptions of the ball, and won 6 ground duels and 10 aerial duels.

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