KUWAIT CITY, Oct 7: Former players of Egypt’s national football team and Al-Ahli Football Club Walid Salah El-Din and Khalid Bibo expressed their disappointment concerning the absence of Kuwait’s national team in the international arena. They insisted that this is unacceptable and disappointing for everyone because the team always plays an effective role in the competitions that it participates.
The former stars said this in a statement they issued during their visit to Kuwait for participating in the football festival organized by Al-Ahli Football Academy in Kuwait.
Khalid Bibo said Kuwait’s national team has good players within its ranks and is a big part of the history of Gulf, Arab, Asian and international competitions, insisting that their absence in competitions has disappointed everyone.
He added, “However, we hope the problem will be solved as soon as possible so that fans are not deprived from enjoying the superb performances of the Al-Azraq”.
Bibo revealed his sadness about the non-participation of Kuwaiti clubs in international competitions, affirming that the Kuwait Premier League is one of the strongest leagues with a huge following in the region.
When asked about his viewpoint about Al-Ahli Football Academy, he said is happy to be in Kuwait and praised the warm welcome he received from the management of the academy and fans.
Bibo revealed that the academy has some good players within its ranks who have a bright future ahead, stressing that the presence of Walid Salah El-Din within the technical administration of the academy will produce fruitful results for the players because “Walid is one the best coaches in the field of academies”.
He said football has become an investment due to which they can no longer depend on talents alone like in the past when clubs depended on the talents and skills of the players, adding that academies now have a big role in identifying talents as early as possible and then nurturing those talents and preparing them to join clubs.
When asked about the chances of Egypt qualifying for the World Cup 2018 in Russia, Bibo indicated that the chances are very high and within the reach of the players, adding, “We will not depend on others’ results. Regardless of others’ results, by winning against Congo and Ghana, we will be in the World Cup”.
On his part, Walid Salah El-Din, who is the technical supervisor of Al-Ahli Football Academy in Kuwait, said it is sad that Al-Azraq is absent in international competitions.
He indicated that everyone is confident that Kuwait sports will return with a bang very soon back to their old glory.
Regarding the technical performance of the academy players, Walid said they are still in the early stages of the season but despite that there are many talented players who have bright future in big clubs.
He thanked the club officials especially Mohammed Othman for his support to the players and catering for their requirements.