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“When I saw him for the first time, I knew that he would become one of the shining stars in the league competition and he would be chosen to join the Egypt national team. He has all the advantages that he just lacks to finish the attacks on the goal better.” Egypt national team.
The technical staff of the Egyptian national team, led by Roy Vitoria, announced the team’s list in preparation for the November camp. (See details)
Zico was present in the list of 24 players, in the absence of the Pyramids and Future players, in the camp scheduled to be held from November 7 to 18, including a friendly match against Belgium on the 18th.
The 25-year-old grabbed the spotlight for the first time after winning the Haras El Hodoud Man of the Match award against Farco, despite the loss, and now he finds himself on the Egypt squad for the first time in his career.
FilGoal.com He sheds light on Mustafa Abdel-Raouf, known as “Zico”, the latest faces to join the list of the Egyptian national team, and what are his advantages and his career from the second degree to the list of Vitoria.
Mustafa Zikou began his career with the junior sector of the Republic of Shebin Club and was included in the Sunni groups until he joined the first team of the Menoufia Governorate representative.
Zico grabbed the spotlight early and received many offers from Premier League clubs, according to club officials.
Samir Kamouna, the former Shebin Republic coach, toldFilGoal.comHe is a distinguished player, and during my leadership of the Republic of Shebin, he appeared at a wonderful level and attracted the attention of many clubs.
He added, “Zico’s way of playing is similar to that of Mostafa Shalaby, the Zamalek player, who is distinguished by playing on the wing and attacking incursion.”
He revealed, “Zico received many offers during my stay, and Enppi and Ismaili were the most interested in joining him, but the financial dispute spoiled his transfer to either of them and he continued with the club.”
The beginning of the dream
In the summer of 2020, the Shebin Republic Club announced the transfer of Mustafa Abdel Raouf to the Haras El Hodoud Club, provided that the deal includes a 25% resale percentage.
Saif Abdel Aziz, a member of the Board of Directors of the Republic of Shebin at the time, toldFilGoal.comThe player is from the club’s junior sector and was promoted three seasons ago with the first team and is considered one of the basic elements of the first team, although he is 22 years old, and plays in the playmaker position.
He added, “The player received more than one offer in the Premier League last summer, and there was a continuous follow-up to him.”
The starting point
Zico began his career with Haras El Hodoud in the 2020-2021 season, and the task of qualifying for the Premier League from the first season did not succeed, after Farko won the promotion by a goal difference.
Zico led Haras El Hodoud to return to the league after leading the Bahri group in the second division with 60 points in the Olympic and scored the qualifying goal in the fateful match that Haras El Hodoud won 2-1, led by Mohamed Makki.
Makki toldFilGoal.comHe is distinguished by playing in large stadiums and spaces and his skill in dribbling, he can pass in the face of a player in front of a player and is distinguished by the defensive duty because of his diversity in participating in more than one position and he only needs to finish the attacks in front of the goal well.
He continued, “The Premier League provides the opportunity for spaces in the stadiums, and this showed its capabilities, unlike the second division, because you cannot create spaces in front of clubs that do not give you the opportunity.”
He concluded, “We expected Zico to join the Egyptian national team after 7 weeks of the league competition, but the technical staff spotted him early during the first three rounds, because he was the best and performed well and deserved the man of the match award during the Farco meeting.”
While Mohamed Halim, the former border guard coach, toldFilGoal.com: “While I was leading the border guards, we followed Mustafa Zikou with the Shebin Republic team, and he drew attention with his speed and skill.”
He continued, “The player participated with the team for two seasons in the second division and achieved promotion with the club. He needed some training to improve in the end of the attacks, and I expect him to have a great future.”
He continued, “Zico is distinguished by participating in the 8 and 10 positions and on the sides as well, and he may be close to Taher Mohamed Taher, the Al-Ahly player in performance.”
All the coaches who supervised the training of Mustafa Ziko pointed out that he possessed strength, speed and skill, but they talked about one negative point, which is ending the attacks on goal.
Ahmed Ayoub, the current coach of the border guards, toldFilGoal.com: “When I saw him for the first time, I knew that he would become one of the shining stars in the league competition and would be chosen to join the Egypt national team. He has all the advantages that he lacks only to finish the attacks on goal better.”
He added, “My joy is no less than the joy of the player himself, and I spoke before that there are promising elements within the border guards who deserve to join the Egyptian national team.”
He continued, “Zico has the ability to continue in the strength of the Egyptian team, and he is happy that the border guards have returned to their former glory in providing talents to the Egyptian team after many years of absence.”
Abdel Raouf Mohamed, player of the Tanta club, nicknamed “The Great Zico” and the brother of Mustafa Zico, explained the secret of the title.
Abdul Raouf said to FilGoal.com: “Mustafa was named Zico to complete my nickname, and I am free from the one who launched this title because my name was long and when we were together in the junior sector tests at the Republic of Shebin Club, he got the title of Little Zico and the title continued with him.”
He continued, “My brother received many offers before Haras El Hodoud rose to the Premier League, but his club stuck to him and refused his transfer.”
Mustafa Zico, after joining the Egyptian national team, said to FilGoal.com: “I feel very happy after joining the Egyptian national team. It is a happiness that I cannot describe. I thank all the coaches and colleagues who supported me. Every coach who trained me used to tell me that I will reach a great stage.”
A first step towards a great future for Zico, who will determine for himself what his career will be.
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