The 32nd edition of the African Cup of Nation started on a high note with the host, Egypt finding it rough in their opening match against Zimbabwe. Though the Pharaohs, with the home support managed to beat the Warriors 1-0, they will never again underestimate any other team in the competition.
After netting their lone goal in the 41st minute through a sublime strike from Mahmoud Hassan Trezeguet, Egypt held their opponents to the last minute, ending up victors with their first-half goal.
However, their well-drilled defenders were their saviours. Led by Mahmoud Alaa, the defenders helped their side to start the campaign with a clean sheet.
For that reason, Mahmoud Alaa was declared the man of the match following his performance that was deemed remarkable.
“I am delighted to win the award, but I am more delighted with the victory, which will boost our morale. Our target is to clinch the AFCON title,” Mahamoud said after the game.
“I did not feel upset about not being part of the coach’s plans in the beginning. On the contrary, it motivated me and made me work harder. He said.
“Whoever wears the national team’s shirt is the best in his position. Hegazi is a great player and the same goes to Mahmoud El-Wensh.
“We were keen on getting the three points for the fans, but we should improve our performances and score more goals,” he added.
Who is this Mahmoud Alaa?
Mahmoud Alaa plays for the Egyptian Premier League side Zamalek as a defender. He was born on 28 January 1991 in Cairo, Egypt. He made his senior debut in 2010 for Haras El Hodoud where he made 84 appearances, scoring two goals.
The 28-year-old then moved to Wadi Degla in 2015 where he made 54 appearances and managed to score 10 goals before joining Zamalek in 2017, a club that he is still playing for. He has appeared 54 times and has bagged a mouth-watering 20 goals. Alaa began playing for the senior national team in 2012 and has made three appearances and is yet to get a goal.
Mahmoud Alaa will be leading his team again on Wednesday 26 June against DR Congo before winding up their group stage matches against Uganda on Sunday 30 June.