The biggest mistake Mahmoud Shikabala made in his career was not staying with Al Ahly a decade ago, according to former Red Devils coach Manuel Jose.
Jose was speaking about his football academy in Egypt, with the Portuguese coach keen on giving the North African country’s football talent the best chance to fulfill its potential.
“It saddens me to see players with great talent go to waste because they don’t have the right mentality,” said Jose, as quoted by KingFut.
“One example is Shikabala. Any team he plays for splits in two: 10 players are a team and he alone, the other.”
The 30-year-old was widely regarded an one of the most promising players to emerge in Egypt when he made his name with Zamalek in the early 2000s as a teenager.
However, he hasn’t fulfilled his potential, with a combination of indiscipline and inconsistency costing him dearly.
Jose believes that had Shikabala stayed with Al Ahly when they recruited him in 2006, things could have turned out very differently.
“When Shikabala returned from PAOK, I called Zamalek’s President and Shikabala signed for Al Ahly,” said the former Red Devils boss.
“He would’ve played with the great players like Mohamed About-Treika, Mohamed Barakat, and Emad Meteb.
“After signing with us, he returned and joined Zamalek, and not playing with that generation is the biggest mistake of his career.”
Jose added, “My goal is to work with the talents in order to humble them, so they do not commit the same mistake.”