Hassan Shehata Blasts Egypt's Goalkeepers

The Pharaohs boss has openly criticised his blundering shot-stopper, labelling his No. 1 as merely "the best of the worst"...

Egypt coach Hassan Shehata has laid into first-choice Essam El-Hadary as well as the other international goalkeepers, Amir Abdul-Hamid and Abdul-Wahed Al-Sayed.

"El-Hadary conceded three goals with Sion in the last match, Amir was beaten by two goals against Petrojet that an amateur would have saved, and Abdul-Wahed is inconsistent with Zamalek," Shehata lamented on television.

"However, El-Hadary remains the best of the worst.

"I hope the FA would stop clubs from signing foreign 'keepers in order to give a chance to young Egyptian 'keepers. This is better for the national team."

Shehata also disclosed that he warned El-Hadary from joining any club in Egypt other than Al Ahly, where he spent most of his career.
El-Hadary, who left Ahly under a cloud last year, was recently linked with the Egyptian champions' rivals, Zamalek and Ismaily.

"I advised El-Hadary only to join Ahly, if he decided to return to Egypt. I think if he played for Zamalek or Ismaily, it would be a wrong step for his career," Shehata said.

African champions Egypt resume their quest for a place at next year's World Cup in March against Zambia in Cairo.

Samm Audu, Goal.com