Egypt assistant coach Osama Nabih: Shikabala was tactically intelligent – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers

Shikabala, Egyptian international

Phumzile Ngcatshe

Monday Nov 13, 2017. 17:00

Egypt assistant coach Osama Nabih says Mahmoud Abdel-Razik, also known as ‘Shikabala’, was exceptional against Ghana and fulfilled his duties.

Nabih lauded the former Zamalek star, saying he was tactically intelligent as the midfielder scored in their 1-1 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier draw against Ghana on Sunday.

Playing in his first Egypt game for the first time in three years, an in-form Shikabala put in an impressive display.


“Shikabala is tactically intelligent. He fulfilled most of the duties that we’ve assigned him in the game,” Nabih told ON Sport TV channel.

“The players were under pressure to prove themselves to the Egyptian fans and not to the management; because they know well that we’re convinced they are good players.

“We rested Mohamed Salah, Ahmed Hegazi and Mohamed Abdul-Shafi to give other players the chance. Due to the injury of other players they could have well taken the chance as well.”

Despite the draw, the Pharaohs had already secured a spot at the World Cup after overcoming Congo 2-1 in the penultimate round, reaching the tournament for the first time since 1990.

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Zambian assistant coach Aggrey Chiyangi pleased with country’s progress in qualifiers – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa

Algerian player Benguit Abderraouf (L) fights for the ball with Zambian player Fackson Kapumbu (R) during the World Cup 2018 qualifying football match between Algeria and Zambia in Constantine, Algeria on 05 September 2017 © BackpagePix

Phumzile Ngcatshe

Monday Nov 13, 2017. 13:30

Zambian assistant coach Aggrey Chiyangi says Chipolopolo must build on the lessons gained during the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.

The experienced manager was speaking after their 2-2 draw against Cameroon at home on Saturday in their final 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers clash.

Zambia recorded two wins, two draws and two defeats to finish as runners up in Group B with eight points just behind group winners Nigeria who booked a spot in Russia.

Speaking after the clash against the Indomitable Lions in Ndola, Chiyangi said his side has learned cardinal lessons from the campaign.

“After playing these games it has taught the team lessons which we have to build on,” Chiyangi said.

“When we come to play the Africa Cup games it will be good for us because our team has tested how to play tough games and how to play against tough teams.

“There is a lot of hope in our team. When we played the first games against Nigeria and Cameroon we were building a new team.

“When you look at the team we have today most of the players are young and if you look at their performance is excellent.”

The 2019 Africa Cup qualifying campaign resumes next March with Zambia travelling to Namibia on day-two of the games.

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