men ugg Aly Ghazal targets good Whitecaps start and Egypt World Cup success
The last time Egypt was in the World Cup, Aly Ghazal wasn even a glint in his parents eyes.
The Whitecaps midfielder was born in 1992. Egypt played in Italia 90, but managed just a solitary goal. They got bigger ambitions this time around, even if they missed out on the last six editions of the big dance. training base.
are building up, we went to the final of the African championship, he said. (Egypt lost to Cameroon in the final of last year Africa Cup of Nations.) in the World Cup), it something big for the country. I doing my best to be there in the World Cup, I looking forward to the next camp. It a dream for everyone to be in the World Cup. He also went to Belgium, where his wife is from, to see more family.
always nice to see my family, my parents, my friends, he said. just to see my country, especially when you leave Vancouver when it raining and cold it nice there in Egypt. makeup of the current team, he pointed out, is quite different from past groups. Whereas the 1990 squad was almost entirely domestic, with just two players playing abroad, most of the players in contention to go to Russia this summer play outside of Egypt. For whatever reason, Egyptians are looking to find success abroad more than in the past.
was just the mentality of the (current) players, before us there were not a lot of Egyptian players playing in Europe, he said. we were young, our generation wanted to play in other countries, different from older generations. And people are looking more now for Egyptian players. before his 21st birthday in early 2013, Ghazal moved to Nacional in Portugal Primeira Liga from Egyptian Premier League club Wadi Degla. It was a move that he said was difficult. A new language, a new culture.
was hard, everything was new to me, he recalled.
But it proved to be worth it. He spent four years in Portugal, becoming Nacional captain in 2016. After the club was relegated, he made a move to Guizhou Zhicheng in China Super League. He never played a game there, though, as the Chinese Football Association imposed stricter foreign player quotas. He eventually was released by Guizhou and landed with the Caps in August. The mid season move wasn as hard as his first move to Portugal, he said.
I more experienced, it OK. When I moved here it was no problem, he said.
But having a full pre season, as he getting now, that much better: you start with the team from pre season, it gets easier, for communication, for everything. it set him up well for making the World Cup squad, he hopes.
it a target for me, but at the moment I just concentrating just on the Whitecaps, to make a good season, until it time for the World Cup. I work for that through the Whitecaps. If I doing well here, I be doing well there.