Yalla Koura interviews the Libyan national team striker

Mohamed Hammam

Thursday 7 October 2021

11:29 AM

A distinctive and surprising start for the Libyan national team in the World Cup qualifiers and qualifiers for the 2022 World Cup after defeating the Gabon and Angola teams, so that the team nicknamed the “Middle Knights” will be the most prominent candidate to qualify for the next round.

The Libyan team will have a mission in the third round of the qualifiers against the Egyptian team tomorrow, Friday, in a meeting that will be held at the “Borg El Arab” stadium in Alexandria, before the confrontation is renewed again next Monday in Benghazi.

About this match, “Yalla Koura” continued with the Libyan professional player in England, Mohammed Baltamr, striker of the English team Aldershot Town, to talk with him about the Egyptian team’s position against his Libyan counterpart, the goals of his country in this match, and the reasons for his absence.

Here are the details of the conversation as follows:

How did you get your start in England?

I played in Watford’s youth ranks, and this is one of my most important moments as a player, first as a winger and then as an attacking player, and I was very happy to join the first team.

Why did you leave Watford?

I was offered to stay for another year, I wanted to get a professional contract, my goal was to play with the first team and this did not come true as I wanted, and here I decided to leave.

When were you chosen to represent the Libyan national team?

My start was playing for the under-20 team, then I played with the Olympic team, and I was called for the first time for the first team in the state of Tunisian coach Faouzi Benzarti to participate in the African Nations Cup qualifiers, after which things stopped due to the Corona virus epidemic (Covid 19).

Why are you not currently with the Libyan national team?

I came back from a recent injury, my hamstring injury and I was out of action for nearly two months, in the end it’s up to coach Javier Clemente, now I have to respect the coach’s decision, I do my best and leave the rest to God.

– Now, how do you see the chances of the Libyan team before facing the Egyptian team?

Our start is good, we passed some strong tests such as the victory over Gabon and then Angola, we know the strength of the Egyptian team, but we go to Alexandria with full confidence and we are excited about this challenge, in the end the match is 11 players against 11 players, and the team that wants to win more than the other will achieve what it wants.

– Will the Libyan national team take advantage of changing the technical staff in Egypt after the appointment of Carlos Queiroz?

The name of Carlos Queiroz is great in the world of football, and the Egyptian team has many good players, especially Mohamed Salah, and of course we have to be careful, but as I said, everything is in our hands and we must think only of ourselves.

– Do you think Carlos Queiroz will make the difference with the Egyptian national team?

Egypt is always a difficult team when you play against them no matter which coach, we just have to focus on the game and the way we play during the match.

– What is the most prominent weapon of the Egyptian team, which may threaten the Libyan team?

Mohamed Salah can change the match on his own, but the Egyptian team has more than one good player, and we have to be careful.

– The Libyan team’s goal in the match against Egypt is a win or a draw?

We play every game to win, we just have to be patient and believe in ourselves from the start of the match.

– What is the most prominent player in the Libyan national team and can threaten the Egyptian team?

I think we have a good team with good players. Of course, we have Sporting Braga’s Moatasem Al-Misrati, Moayed Al-Lafi, Hamdo Al-Huni and Sanad Al-Werfalli, and we also have a coach with enough experience to achieve a good result.

– Finally, do you expect the competition to continue until the last round?

True, we must not forget the Gabonese and Angolan national teams, they are two good teams and they still have a lot to achieve. Personally, in my opinion, we have a lot to achieve in order to get out of the group stage and reach the next round, but we put ourselves in a good position thanks to the results of the first two rounds.

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