Finns proud of their Egypt star

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EGYPT mid­fielder Ab­dal­lah Said is set to be­come the first player from Fin­land’s Veikkaus­li­iga to play at the World Cup when his side take on Uruguay in Eka­terinaburg on Friday.

Fin­land have never qual­i­fied for the fi­nals of a ma­jor tour­na­ment but that did not stop Said from join­ing Kuo­pion Pal­loseura, known as KuPS, on loan when he was in need of play­ing time ahead of the fi­nals.

The 32-year-old play­maker showed enough in seven games at sec­ond-placed KuPS to re­tain his place in man­ager Hec­tor Cu­per’s squad, much to the de­light of both Egyp­tian and Fin­nish fans.

“It’s a big thing for Veikkaus­li­iga that a player from a Fin­nish club is se­lected for the World Cup, es­pe­cially since the player in ques­tion is a high­pro­file player for the Egypt na­tional team,” Pyry Wal­tari, Veikkaus­li­iga spokesper­son, said.

Though a key player for Egypt in qual­i­fy­ing, Said ar­rived in Fin­land as some­thing of an un­known quan­tity.

“Our play­ers and I didn’t see it at first, but he’s re­ally good in mak­ing pen­e­trat­ing passes through the line. You just need to run and he puts the ball there for you,” KuPS coach Jani Honkavaara said.

“As a player he is a fast thinker, he is al­ways think­ing about what is go­ing to be his next move and be­cause of that he doesn’t lose the ball.”

Fin­land’s Veikkaus­li­iga may be ranked 38th of Eu­rope’s 55 leagues but it is still good enough to pre­pare for the big­gest soc­cer stage of them

KuPS coach said.

“I am proud that he got to the World Cup and he also said it was re­ally im­por­tant for him to play. He was pleased and sur­prised about the level we have here.”

Said is un­likely to re­turn to Fin­land fol­low­ing the pro­ceed­ings at the World Cup, but he made a strong im­pres­sion on Fin­nish fans dur­ing his short time there – Reuters

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JUS­TI­FIED: Egypt’s mid­fielder Ab­dal­lah El Said.

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