#SFG30: Ahmed Hegazy
Ahmed Hegazy began his career at one-time CAF Champions League winners Ismaily. He began playing at right back but was moved into the centre of defence due to his well-built physique.
Hegazy left Ismaily for Fiorentina in the summer of 2012 signing a 4-year contract with the Italian side. He has been used as a substitute for most of Fiorentina’s games, making only two appearances in Serie A. This was mainly due to the fact he suffered two serious injuries during his first year at Fiorentina. The first injury spell came just months after moving to Violia; he was side-lined for six months after suffering injury to his cruciate ligament. The injury repeated itself just 3 months after recovering and he required surgery for the second time on the same knee.
Ahmed Hegazy was part of the Egypt U-20 World Cup squad that included fellow Egyptian starlets Mohamed Salah, Mohamed El-Nenny, Omar Gaber and Saleh Gomaa. He made his debut for the Egypt National Team in 2011 and has gone on to represent Egypt 13 times scoring 1 becoming an influential figure in the side, with his absence, due to injury, in Egypt’s qualifying match against Ghana part to blame for the sides defensive collapse.
The young Egyptian is likened to Alessandro Nesta and Carles Puyol, not just for the similar hairstyles but also for his tough no-nonsense defending and if he can stay injury free he has the ability to go on and become a world-class defender. He will more than likely be influential in the future of Egyptian football and add stability to a shaky defense.
By Ahmed Yousef (@egyptianplayers)
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