Egypt (news now) – 02/08/2022. 13:13
Mendy praised Abu Jabal’s level and asked for his shirt after the African Nations Cup final
- Salah predicted Sadio Mane’s behavior before taking the penalty in the first minutes of the match
- Bakari Gassama stopped Salah in front of him for more than 3 minutes to confirm his identity
- I told my colleagues that just as Senegal celebrated the Nations Cup in front of us, we will celebrate in front of them qualifying for the World Cup
Egypt goalkeeper Mohamed revealed Abou Djabel On the scenes of what the Gambian did with Kari Gassama, the referee of the Egypt-Cameroon match, before the meeting that brought the two teams together in the semi-finals of the African Cup of Nations
Abu Jabal said during televised statements: “Gasama came to us before the match and threatened us that any member of the technical staff would object to be expelled, but we were able not to help him implement what he wanted to achieve.”
And he continued: “Before the Cameroon match with Kari Gassama, he came to check the players and stopped Mohamed Salah in front of him for more than 3 minutes to confirm through his identification card.
Does Mohamed Salah need to be sure that he is Mohamed Salah and you are standing in front of him?
And he concluded his statements: “Gasama did not want to announce Egypt’s victory against Cameroon, so I asked him why he did not announce the end of the match. He told me that he is making sure of the penalty shootout result from the video and not the validity of the last penalty kick.”
And about Senegal goalkeeper Edward Mendy winning the award for the best player in the tournament, he said: “In numbers and statistics, I outperformed Mendy
But the assessment of the African Union is strange and we do not know any basis for it.”
And he revealed his conversation with him, saying: “Mendy asked to replace his shirt with me after the press conference and assured me that I gave an outstanding performance throughout the tournament.”
He continued: “Al-Shennawy was the first to embrace me after the end of the Senegal match, with Issam El-Hadary, because I could not contain myself from crying.”
He continued, “It was difficult moments that no one could imagine except for those who played the match. We wanted to rejoice and bring joy to the hearts of the fans who have encouraged us strongly since the beginning of the tournament.”
When asked why Salah hit the last ball, he said: “Sadio Mane was also the last to hit the Senegalese team, and this is normal for the team’s star to be the last.”
He explained, “I spoke with the players in the dressing room after the end of the match and told them if they wanted to live the same moments again in the World Cup qualifiers, let them tell me that, because we want to live moments of happiness.”
“I told the players that just as Senegal celebrated our victory in the Nations Cup, we will celebrate in their country by qualifying for the World Cup,” he concluded.
Abu Jabal declared: “Salah told me that Mane would shoot in the right, and I knew that, and he also told me that Mane would come from behind him to tell me that he was shooting in the left.”
And he continued, “Indeed, Mane came and said that, and Salah replied to him and said to him, OK, pay as you told us and we will see what happens, and this was a smart way from Salah and we were able to distract his mind before paying.”
He concluded his statements: “The first penalty kick for Senegal, the ball touched my hand and I was very close to addressing it, but the Senegal players prepared well for the penalty shootout and shot with strength and mastery.”