Egyptian debutants Pyramids are seeking history in their first ever appearance in CAF competitions, when they enter the 2019-20 Total CAF Confederation Cup semifinals today against Guinea’s Horoya at the Mohamed V Complex in Casablanca, Morocco.
Despite being newcomers to the continental interclub competitions, Pyramids impressed much by reaching the semifinal, and they want their fairytale continued to what might be the club’s first ever trophy.
In their quest, they are banking on a couple of factors, one of which undoubtedly is the vast experience of skipper Abdullah El Said.
The charismatic midfielder has won a handful of CAF trophies with his former side Al Ahly, including one in the second tier CAF Confederation Cup in 2014. The others are two CAF Champions League trophies (2012 and 2013) and two more in CAF Super Cup (2013 and 2014).
Born in July 1985, El Said started his career with Ismaily at the age of 18, before moving to giants Al Ahly in 2011. After a short spell at Finnish side KuPS in 2018, he joined Saudi Arabia side Al Ahli Jeddah, before returning to Egypt to lead Pyramids since January 2019.
Despite turning 35 this season, El Said is still leading by example. He recently joined the elite club of “100 Goals” in the Egyptian Premier League, having completed a centenary of goals in Egypt’s domestic competition.
El Said also tops the charts of the Egyptian Premier League goal scorers on 17 goals with just one match day remaining. With the golden boot almost secured, he wants to add a continental medal to his neck and help the 12 years old Pyramids (having been founded in 2008) to achieve their first ever title.