Date:Wednesday September 13 2006
Egyptian International Wael Gomaa may not have signed for Blackburn Rovers during the summer transfer window as had been expected, or at least hoped, however a move is said to be likely in January.
Whilst in England I was able to get some questions put to Egyptian defender. At the time it was very much expected that he would be a Rovers player by August 31st so some answers are given with this, or at least the thought that he will sign in January in mind.
Below you will be able to see what Wael Gomaa was asked, and what response was given in this *EXCLUSIVE* Vital Blackburn Interview.
Q: What attracted you to the English Premiership?
I want to play in the best League in the world with the best players.
Q: Why do you feel you are suited to the English style of play?
I am fast and strong in the air I enjoy fast moving football.
Q: What attracted you to Blackburn Rovers?
Blackburn have a good team and good training facility and have watched me for some time.
Q: What qualities will you bring to Blackburn Rovers?
I am good defender and will help strengthen the team and work very hard to win.
Q: What is the highlight of your career so far?
Winning the African Cup of Nations in Cairo it was great for my country.
Q: What do you hope to achieve with Blackburn Rovers?
I wish to become always in team and play maybe in Europe and be successful for Blackburn.
Q: English football doesn't have a long history of Egyptian footballers, however following Mido's successful loan spell, and now your hopefully signing for Blackburn could you see more Egyptian's following the example?
Yes Egypt have great undiscovered players.
Q: If so which Egyptian footballers do you currently rate that you feel could make it in the Premiership?
Egypt has many great players Mohamed Zidan, Mohamed Aboutraika, many more.
Q: Why have you never played football in Europe before?
We have at Al Ahly played in many Champions League games we beat Real Madrid 2-0 only two-years ago in European match.
I meant the question in the respect as to why he had never represented a European club, but it has been interpreted as to if he had ever played a match in Europe, against European opposition.
Q: Are you currently married or involved with anyone?
Yes I have my wife and two children one boy one girl.
Q: Will your wife and children be joining you in Lancashire immediately or will you settle in before they join you?
We will move all to England straight away.
Q: Do you see yourself ending your career in England?
Yes I would like to finish in the best League in the world (he would say the SPL!)
Wael, no you mean the English Premier League, not the Scottish Premier League (SPL)
Q: If so do you plan to settle in England once your playing career ends?
We may stay it all depends on how my family feel after my career finishes.
Q: Do you have any plans for when you do finally retire from playing? Would you like to remain in the game as a coach, manager, football agent etc?
I do not yet know what I want to do yet maybe become first Egyptian manager in England. (Ha Ha)
I would like to thank Wael for taking the time to sort this for me, it is much appreciated.
Hopefully January will see his dream come true and his move to the English Premier League (not SPL Wael!) and Rovers, who appear to have the edge over Premiership rivals Newcastle United, can become a reality.
Around the time of the Wael Gomaa original link, when Vital Blackburn Rovers brought you yet more *EXCLUSIVE* news with the article on Gomaa arriving in England the site would receive an even higher amount of hits than usual, with a number of comments coming from Egyptian posters. It has since been revealed to me that Vital Blackburn Rovers would be widely quoted in Egypt at the time!
It is good to see the name of not only Vital Blackburn, but also Blackburn Rovers Football Club itself being spread throughout the World. The African and Asian markets could be of huge potential to the club, so if Rovers can attract players and fans from these areas the benefits could be enormous to the club and to Vital Blackburn Rovers.
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Date:Wednesday September 13 2006
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