Tuesday Dec 14, 2021. 16:00
Winger Ahmed Refaat says he wants his performances in the ongoing Arab Cup to lay the platform for a regular place in the Egyptian national team.
The 28-year-old, who plays for Cairo-based Future FC, had appeared in just one Pharaohs match prior to the start of the tournament in Qatar – and that was way back in 2013 in a friendly against Uganda.
More than eight years later, Egypt coach Carlos Queiroz named the player in his squad for the Arab Cup and Refaat has more than repaid the Portuguese’s faith by scoring two goals, including a key strike in the 3-1 win over Jordan in the quarterfinals this past weekend.
“It’s true that I restored our lead in the game, but that’s my duty, and all my teammates play their part,” he told FIFA’s official website.
“I was determined to do my best and managed to score a goal. Games are not only decided by those who score the goals.
“There are those who repel opponents’ attacks, and a goalkeeper who makes the saves. There are also the defenders and those who make the assists.
“We all play with one objective in mind, which is to win games. We’re doing our utmost to help the team.”
Refaat added, “I’m happy with my performance at the tournament so far. I’m trying to establish myself in the squad and do my best in order to play more games. I want to play well and be fully focused when I’m on international duty.”
The winger will hope to feature strongly for Egypt again when they face Tunisia in the first semifinal in Doha on Wednesday evening. The winners will face either Algeria or Qatar in the final on Saturday in Al Khor.
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