Al Ahly's player Hossam Ghaly (R) in action against an Wydad Casablanca player Yassine El Kordy (L) during the African Champions League (CAF) group stage match between Al Ahly and Asec Mimosas at Borg Al Arab stadium in Alexandria, Egypt, 16 July 2016. EPA/KHALED ELFIQI
Tuesday Jan 10, 2017. 09:30
Al Ahly captain Hossam Ghaly has explained that he has no hard feelings over being left out of Egypt’s squad for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations.
The veteran has not played for the Pharaohs since March 2016 when they defeated Nigeria as part of the qualifiers for the 2017 finals.
A spat between Ghaly and Egypt assistant coach Osama Nabih is cited as the main reason for the player’s continued exclusion from the Pharaohs set-up.
“I’m happy for the national team and I wish them the best of luck. I’m not sad about my exclusion, because I’ve already won the AFCON with Egypt in 2010 and I’m currently focusing on giving my all in training,” Ghaly is quoted by KingFut.
The player was supposed to have a meeting with Egypt’s technical team to clear the air in Al Ahly’s president Mahmoud Taher’s office, but he missed the appointment.
“I thought the meeting was in his office inside Al Ahly club, and I was heading there until I realised the meeting was taking place elsewhere,” explained Ghaly.
“I called President Taher and informed him that I will not be able to attend the meeting without missing the team practice. He told me to stay at the club and set up a meeting for the future with me.”
Ghaly added, “No one has asked me to apologise, and I will not apologise for something I have not done.”