Sun 21 Mar 2010 12:01 PM
Mohamed Nagy Ismail Afash

Mohamed Nagy Ismail Afash

Industry: Sport

Designation: Footballer

Country: Egypt

Occupation: Footballer

The 25-year-old Egyptian player, who is known by the nickname Gedo — which strangely means grandfather in Arabic — has yet to make the starting line for the Egyptian national team but he has already earned himself a reputation and the attention of European clubs.

In February, at the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations, the striker scored the winning goal in the final against Ghana and finished the tournament with an unrivalled five goals during the three-week competition.

While the record is ten goals, the accomplishment made headlines as the player had never played a full match for the Egyptian national team.

During each of his goal scoring matches he was only ever introduced during the second half of the game, but was instrumental in helping Egypt win the tournament trophy for the third consecutive year. In total, he only played on the pitch for 137 minutes but still managed to score against Nigeria, Mozambique, Cameroon, Algeria and Ghana.

Gedo joined the Egyptian Second Division club Ala’ab Damanhour at seventeen and in 2008 had his contract at Al Ittihad Al Sakndary extended to 2012. However, his recent show of skill has reportedly brought him to the attention of English Premier League club Sunderland and Spanish sides Osasuna and Real Sociedad.