To most inhabitants of Europe, the name Hosny Abd-Rabou does not, or probably won't, ring a bell. But again, why should it?
Well, let me tell you of this 23 year old wonder-boy from the land of the Pharaohs.
Hosny Abd-Rabou accounts, by many football experts, as one of the best midfielders on the African continent. At 21 years of age, Abd-Rabou moved to RC Strasbourg of France, but later returned to his home country to play for his hometown club Ismaily FC.
In the 2006 African Nations cup, he was recorded as the youngest player to participate, but had to withdraw due to an injury suffered 3 days before the tournament began.
Abd-Rabou told Fifa.com,"I was so downhearted. I suffered from an overwhelming depression afterwards and it took some time for me to regain my form."
After overcoming that event, Abd-Rabou engraved his name in golden letters as he sparkled under Ghana's lights last January.
Nicknamed as "The Ceasar," Abd-Rabou won the 2008 African Nations Cup in Ghana, as well bypassing the likes of Samuel Eto'o, Michael Essien and Didier Drogba to be named best player of the tournament.
Furthermore, Abd-Rabou was named among five other Egyptian players in the Confederation of African Football's Best XI.
A player of startling presence, Abd-Rabou can lace the most elegant of passes and is equally comfortable crashing into a bone-rattling tackle, no doubt learned in his early days as a centre-back. His clinical set pieces go a long way to making him a complete footballer.
After being named player of the tournament in Ghana, Abd-Rabou has been linked to several clubs in France and Germany. Clubs like Athletico Madrid and Olympique Lyonnais have set an eye on the young African prospect.
But where are the English clubs in this commotion?
A league that thrives on foreign players should certainly focus upon a midfielder as talented as this Egyptian wonder boy. Not only will he convey about his talents, but will hopefully transform into a top EPL performer.
I do not need to further emphasize the Egyptian footballing talent, but if these players make an entrance into European leauges, they will have more of an impact than most other African players.
And as Jose Mourinho said, "I see the next special one in Egyptian Players."
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