Soccer Football - Egyptian Premier League - Zamalek vs Al Ahly - Cairo International Stadium, Cairo, Egypt - January 8, 2018 Al Ahly's Walid Azaro in action with Ahly's Mohamed El-Shenawy REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh
CAIRO – 29 March 2018: After a stunning performance against Portugal, Al-Ahly goalkeeper, Mohamed el Shennawy, has established himself as a strong candidate to be Egypt’s starting goalkeeper at the World Cup in Russia this summer.
“I am so happy with my performance against Portugal. I will do everything I can to earn a place at the national team squad in the World Cup,” Shennawy told ON Sport on Thursday.
Shennawy, 29, had a great game against Portugal despite conceding two goals from Portugal’s captain, Cristiano Ronaldo. Shennawy’s performance granted him praise from the national team goalkeeping coach, Ahmed Nagy.
“He had a great game; I am so happy with his performance in the whole game. He deserves to be with the national team,” Nagy said.
Al-Ahly goalkeeper added, “Playing for the national team is a big step for me. I will return to Al-Ahly to prepare for the African Champions League games and to be ready for the World Cup.”
Shennawy is a product of Al-Ahly academy; he joined the club in 2002 when he was 14, and got promoted through the club rankings until he left the club in 2009 to join el-Gaish, where he spent three years.
Shennawy then joined Petrojet in 2012 and established himself as their starting goalkeeper; he returned to Al-Ahly in July 2016.