Egypt’s Mohamed Qotb Abou Gabal Ali, also known as Gabaski made name for himself at the just ended African Cup of Nations (AFCON) with his brilliant goalkeeping.
Gabaski, who plies his trade for Zamalek in Egypt had his first chance to be in goal in the Round of 16 victory against Ivory Coast after Mohammed El-Shenawy picked up an injury.
The 33-year old didn’t turn his back from then, going on to become the hero for his team in the penalty shootouts against Ivovry Coast and Cameroon.
In the final, Senegal was awarded a penalty after Mohamed Abdelmonem brought down Saliou Ciss in the box. Before Sadio Mane took the kick, Mohammed Salah was seen in a conversation with Gabaski, seemly telling him where Sadio Mane would put his kick.
Sadio Mane who seem like a cat on a hot tin roof interrupted the conversation, signaling to Gabaski were he would put his kick. Lo and behold, Gabaski stayed calm and stopped Mane’s kick.
In a conversation with MBC Egypt, Gabaski gave account of what happened before the kick was taken.
“Salah told me: Mane would shoot to the right side, he is coming now because he knows what I am saying.’ “Mane said to me: ‘I will shoot on the left,’ then Salah replied ‘Let’s see,’” Gabaski said per MBC Egypt.
Sadio Mane dusted off the penalty miss and later went on to net the decisive spot kick in the shootout to win AFCON for his nation.