At nine thirty this morning, Thursday morning, the attention of Egyptian football fans and fans is heading towards the Sapporo Dome Stadium in Japan, to follow the match of the Egyptian Olympic team led by Shawky Gharib against his Spanish counterpart in the opening of the two teams journey in the Tokyo Olympics.
Egypt’s Olympic team enters today’s match raising the slogan “Nothing is impossible”, after the technical staff and players resolved to achieve a new achievement for Egyptian football and not be satisfied with honorable representation, due to the difficulty of the group in which the Pharaohs signed, which includes Spain, Argentina and Australia.
Shawky Gharib held more than one session of the Egyptian Olympic team players, to explain the plan and method of playing against the Spanish European champion, who includes among his ranks 6 players who participated in the last European Nations Championship, namely Unai Simon, Eric Garcia, Pau Torres, Pedri, Dani Olmo, Mikel Oyarzabal.
Shawky Gharib and his assistant staff focused during the recent training in Tokyo, on the speed of moving the ball and not keeping it too much, with the need for convergence of lines and shooting on the goal, especially since the Spanish team depends on skill and speed and can reach the goal from the shortest way as well as take advantage of half opportunities to score goals
Shawky Gharib used three great players in the list of the Olympic team in Tokyo, Muhammad Al-Shennawi, Ahmed Hegazy and Mahmoud Al-Wensh, who will push them into the starting lineup today, relying on the basic strength of the Pharaohs, such as Ramadan Sobhi, Akram Tawfiq, Nasser Maher, Ammar Hamdi, Karim Al-Iraqi, Ahmed Fattouh and Ahmed Yasser Rayan While the team misses the efforts of Mustafa Mohamed, the main striker, because his Turkish club, Galatasaray, refused to allow him to participate in the Olympics.
The expected formation of the Olympic team in today’s match is Mohamed El-Shennawy in the goalkeeper, Ahmed Hegazy, Mahmoud Al-Wansh, Ahmed Ramadan Beckham “or Osama Jalal”, Karim El-Iraqi, Ahmed Aboul Fotouh, Ammar Hamdi, Akram Tawfiq, Ramadan Sobhi, Salah Mohsen and Ahmed Yasser Rayan.
For his part, Shawky Gharib said before the match that today’s match between the Egyptian and Spanish teams will not be easy for the two teams, especially since both are the champions of their continent, which caused their presence in the Olympics.
Gharib confirmed in the press conference held before the meeting, that the Spain team supported its team with great players, and it includes 6 players who participated in Euro 2020, as well as the Egyptian team supported its ranks with great players as well, and we are not less than any team in the group, and I hope to win against Spain and to present Fun football and we are happy for the Egyptian people with this generation of players.
On the other hand, Luis de la Fuente, coach of the Spanish Olympic team, confirmed that the team’s goal is to achieve the gold medal, as happened in the 1992 Barcelona tournament, and de la Fuente said before today’s match, “We have the same feeling that they had, we will try to give everything we have and certainly we will be up to expectations.”
The technical director added that the levels of the teams in the group are very close, and each meeting will be very strong, and we feel a great desire to show our level and the work we have done on the ground.
Regarding the Egyptian team, he said, “It is a great team, the African champion, with great players and characterized by collective performance. We will face a high-level team, so we will need to exert all our energy to surpass it and all the competitors that follow it.”