Former Egyptian forward – Mohamed Abdullah Zidan has fingered Liverpool coach, Jurgen Klopp as the one who persuaded him not to represent the Pharaohs in the 2006 Africa Cup of Nations.

The silky attacker who was playing under Jurgen Klopp at Mainz 05 claim that the German trainer told him that it’ll be difficult for Zidan to break into the Egyptian team that had the likes of Hossam Hassan, Mido, Mohamed Aboutrika, and Amr Zaki:

“Klopp spoke to me before the tournament and explained the situation fully to me,” Zidan told OnTime Sport.

“Egypt’s attack consisted of Hossam Hassan, Mido, Emad Moteab, Amr Zaki and Mohamed Aboutrika. If I had joined, it would’ve been very difficult for me to participate.

“But in Mainz, I was one of the team’s most important players and one of its goalscorers, and my presence was very important.

“I spoke with [then national team coach] Shawky Gharib and he understood the reasons for me not being able to join them. I was touched, of course, after the national team won the tournament.”

Despite Zidan’s absence, the Pharaohs went ahead to win the tournament, beating Ivory Coast in the final.

He was, however, part of the Egypt’s 2008 and 2010 AFCON-winning campaigns.