Kroll: Shikabala needed a balanced mentality to be professional

Kroll: Shikabala needed a balanced mentality to be professional

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Dutch former coach Rod Kroll revealed that he expected the emergence of a player at the level of Mohamed Salah, the Liverpool star, noting that Mahmoud Abdel Razek “Shikabala” needed “mental stability and a balanced mindset” to succeed in European professionalism.

Rod Kroll coached the Egyptian Olympic team in 1994, then led the first team in 1995.

Kroll has previously trained Zamalek, in addition to a number of Arab teams, most notably Moroccan Raja, Esperance, African and Sfaxien in Tunisia.

Rod Kroll said, in statements to MBC Egypt, in the early hours of Friday morning, “I expected that an Egyptian player like Mohamed Salah would appear, when I coached the Olympic team, we had great and wonderful talents, there are many talents playing in the streets.” Egyptians, not all of them enter clubs, but Egypt is full of talents.”

He added, “Egypt always has great professionals. Look at what Hani Ramzy did in Germany, Hazem Imam in Italy, Abdel Sattar in Portugal, as well as El-Hadary in Switzerland. This period had great players who could play in any foreign team.”

And the Dutch coach continued, “Mohamed Salah is a high-class player, he is amazing, and I love watching him in matches, certainly in the Egyptian team he does not receive support as a striker on the field, as happens in Liverpool.”

When asked about his expectations for Shikabala’s career if he continued professionally, the former Zamalek coach replied, “To be a player in a great European team, you must have mental stability and a balanced mindset. Salah had these characteristics, even when he goes through difficult times, he remains calm.”

Shikabala had previously played in Europe twice, the first for PAOK in 2005, and the second for Sporting Lisbon in 2014, and both times he was unsuccessful.

Regarding the player who trained him in Egypt and did not forget him, he explained, “Hazem Imam, because he had all the capabilities to professionalize in major teams, but he did not go to the right team at the right time, Imam had all the advantages of a wonderful player, perhaps psychologically he was not able to continue outside Egypt. For a long time”.

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