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CAIRO – 13 July2017: Mohamed Sobhy, former Ismaily SC goalkeeper, spoke to Egypt Today on Wednesday about his sudden decision of leaving Ismaily to join Misr el-Makasa FC.
”I’m very happy to join a good team likeMisr el-Makasa and can’t wait to train with coach Ehab Galal; he is one of the best coaches in Egypt and made great results with the team. To end the domestic league in 2nd place isn’t easy in Egypt, and to qualify to CAF Champions league is a glory in fact,” Sobhy told Egypt Today.
Sobhy, 35 years old, talked about his relationship with Ismaily, saying, “Ismaily SC is my boyhood club, and leaving was not my decision. I tried to solve my financial problems with the club, but the board ignored me, so it was not my fault to leave. It’s the right decision, because I’m saving my future; I need to be the national team goalkeeper again, and I’m sure that Misr el-Makasa will help me to reach my goal.”
Asked about what he can add to the Misr el-Makasa squad, he answered, “Misr el-Makasa needs my experiences to play in the CAF Champions League next season. I had the opportunity to play with Ismaily SC in 2000, I played in the Confederation Cup final and the CAF Champions League final, and I had many journeys inside African countries with them.”
Sobhy talked about his best achievement on the international level, saying, “In 2001, Shawki Ghareeb, former Egyptian national team U-19 manager, trusted me, and he gave me the chance during the 2001 FIFA Youth World Cup in Argentina. We were a surprise for the whole world in this period, as we reached the semi-final and gained the 3rd place.”
“I just need to play more and more games next season to be in my top form. I’ll join Misr el-Makasa training normally, after they finish their games at the Egyptian Cup. Can’t wait until this moment,” he asserted.
Sobhy had an offer from Wadi Degla, but he preferred to join Misr el-Makasa. The goalkeeper mentioned, “I got an offer from Wadi Degla, but my decision was to join Misr el-Makasa; however, at the same time, I admire Mido, and I’m one of those who wish him all success in his adventure as a young coach, because Egypt needs more and more young coaches in the domestic league. Maybe we will have a new Gohary.”
“Ismaily SC will always be in my heart, and I always admire Ismaily fans; they supported me since I started my career, and they deserve more and more efforts from Ismaily players in the future,” he added.
Sobhy helped Ismaily SC to win the title of the domestic league in 2001/02 and 3rd place with the Egyptian national U-20 team in the 2001 FIFA Youth World Cup in Argentina.