Wednesday 1 July 2020
Ahmed Ghanem Sultan, a former Zamalek player and Egypt youth team, recounted a funny incident for the Pharaohs players against Argentina during the FIFA U-20 World Cup in the Netherlands in 2005.
Ghanem said in statements to the channel On Time Sports, that Mahmoud Abdel-Razek, “Chikapala”, tried to dodge Lionel Messi, the current Barcelona player, several minutes after the start of the match, which caused the anger of the Argentine.
Ghanem said: “We were in a difficult group, Argentina had with us and you can imagine that Messi wanted to prove himself, so what will he do with us ?, Their team was strong with the presence of Aguero, Rojo and Zabaleta.”
He continued: “Thank God, Messi was not on the left side that I play with, but – we are all dancing – in the 30th minute, Shikabala tried – my hands a bridge – to Messi, which angered him and – he kept taking the ball from the joule to the joule he stayed-“.
He added: “At the beginning of the tournament, the Argentina team was eating dinner next to us, and I was sitting with Hussam Ashour, Ahmed Magdy and Shikapala, and we wanted to see Messi, we want to see the legend that they are talking about, especially since he was just participating in the first game with Barcelona instead of Ronaldinho.”
He explained: “One of the players, without mentioning names, said – This is short, and I do not know what he needs – I am talking about a player who has not been present at the stadium until this moment.”
And he added: “We hit Messi a lot in this match, but without interest, until his coach substituted him in the 85th minute for fear of him and he was sad to get out. You can imagine if he had completed – Shikabala Bridge – what would have happened to us?”
He concluded: “Messi is very strong and does not joke on the field permanently, it is a mobile tank, you find him short but it is impossible to succeed in dropping him, – we were receiving 4 players on him – but without interest, he has an abnormal stability.”