Egyptian defender had a top game making seven successful tackles more than any player on the pitch despite his side’s last minute loss.
“We played a good game but we were unlucky not to grab a win or a draw, and this is football, sometimes it hits you hard, but I am optimistic about the coming games.” he told beIN Sports after the game.
“The loss makes it a little more difficult to qualify, and we have two tough matches, but I am confident we will win them and qualify for the next round.”
“The goal came from a free-kick, we could not keep the ball away, and this football, luck is not always on your side, but we praise God for everything.”
Liverpool star Mohamed Salah is expected to start the game at Saint Petersburg Stadium this Tuesday when Egypt takes on hosts Russia in a vital game for qualification.