Saleh Gomaa happy to be back in the Pharaohs’ fold

Saleh Gomaa

Saleh Gomaa’s once upward career trajectory looks to be back on track amid his fine form with Ahly and his return to Egypt’s national team.

“I’m excited to be back with the national team,” he said in a television interview ahead of the Pharaohs’ all-important World Cup qualifier against Uganda.

“It’s such an important time for the team, so I’m very happy to be a part of it,” he added.

Saleh Gomaa was once hailed as Egypt’s next greatest talent, but a dip in form and focus saw the 24-year-old go from being sought after in Europe to barely getting any playing time at home.

“I’m happy to have reached my current form, but it’s important for me to maintain it,” he says.

Gomaa closed the domestic season out in fine form with the Cairo giants, earning his way back into Egypt coach Héctor Cúper’s charges.

“Thankfully Coach Cúper is convinced in my abilities, but no matter who plays the important thing is to win these matches.

“We must take advantage of our current situation in the group. There’s no other option.”

Egypt sits first in Group E on six points, with Uganda just two points adrift in second place.

The teams face off Thursday in Kampala before playing again in Alexandria on Sept. 5.

“I’m confident we can get the necessary results in these next two matches, with the backing of the great fans we lean on.”

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