Egypt’s goalkeeper Mohamed Qotb Abou Gabal Ali, also known as Gabaski has broken his silence after missing out on the best goalkeeper award at the just ended African Cup of Nations (AFCON).
Gabaski, who plies his trade for Zamalek in Egypt enjoyed a remarkable campaign at the just ended AFCON which was won by Senegal.
The 33-year old 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.
Gabaski 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, Gabaski saved Sadio Mane’s 7th minute and also went on to make 7 others saves, a feat which earned him the man of the match award. Howbeit, it wasn’t enough as his side went on to lose the title on penalty shootouts.
Despite his heroics, he was overlooked for the best goalkeeper award. An award which was won by Senegal’s Edoaurd Mendy. Reacting to the snub, Gabal said: “Even if I won the individual award, it won’t make any difference because we lost the Africa Cup of Nations title.
“I think my numbers are slightly better than Mendy’s, but CAF choices are often odd. “Mendy himself said that I played better, he told me to keep going as we’ll meet again in the World Cup qualifiers next March,” Gabaski told MBC Masr.
Mendy, who was the winner of the award lauded Gabaski for his performances at the tourney: “Gabaski is the best goalkeeper of the tournament, honestly. I spoke to him and I told him he deserves it [to win goalkeeper of the tournament]. And I was really impressed by his tournament,” Mendy told Egyptian TV station MBC after the final.
Gabaski made 4 appearances at the AFCON and conceded just a goal. He made (3.8) saves per game, only Sierra Leone’s Mohamed Kamara (5.7) made more.