INJURY KEEPS GHALY OUT OF EGYPT CLASH

Feyenoord midfielder Hossam Ghaly picked up an ankle injury during the last training session before his country’s Olympic qualifier against Nigeria that kept the Egyptian out of the game. Ghaly was forced to watch from the stands as Egypt lost 2-0 in the opening match of the group. The other two nations in the four-team pool, Senegal and Tunisia, played out a goalless draw at the weekend.

Ghaly actually heard from FIFA that he would be suspended for the game in any case, after his red card against Ghana at the African Games a month ago. The last-minute FIFA decision didn’t help Feyenoord either, as the Rotterdammers could have used Ghaly in the Willem II game if they’d known that he didn’t have to travel to Africa. Feyenoord Technical Director Rob Baan heard the news Saturday. ‘We did hear that Ghaly was suspended. No one had considered that when he left, because we thought that the Ghana match was part of a friendly tournament and that the card would not count in this qualifying tournament. We also understood that the Egyptian FA immediately appealed against the ban on Saturday.’ The appeal was upheld, but Ghaly’s injury made the whole business irrelevant anyway.
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