Ghaly’s Future at Feyenoord Uncertain!
In Spain, Feyenoord played against Leverkusen and Rosenborg BK. In the first match they suffered a 4-2 defeat, and in the second they resurrected their form and got a 4-1 win over the Norwegians champions.
Against Leverkusen Ghaly played the whole match, but against the 2nd opponent he only played 24 minutes as he entered the pitch in the 66th minute. The Rotterdam squad eventually finished in 2nd place at the Maspolomas Tournament in Gran Canaria.
The second match seemed to be a turning point, but last Sunday against Excelsior showed that there would be much more to do before the next match day of the league begins. They lacked to beat their satellite club and let the future Feyenoord fans (it was a charity match for Unicef, with a lot of supporters from Feyenoord’s child fan-club attending the match) have a great day. It turned out to be a late minute winner when 3 minutes before the end Kuijt scored a penalty kick, and in injury time Castelen made it 2-0. Even though they won, Excelsior got great chances to get in front during the match, but Feyenoord were luckier. Ghaly played 1 minute less than against Rosenborg, as he came on the pitch in the 67th minute.
Gullit, Wotte (Technical Manager) and the rest of the staff knew what to do and Feyenoord bought in 3 days, 2 new players: Cory Gibbs (Dallas Burn MLS), Alexander Ostlund (Hammarby, Allsvenskan) and let Edwin de Graaf (RBC Roosendaal) and Nicky Hofs (Vitesse Arnhem) come to the Kuip earlier as planned. With those newly bought players and already knowing Andre Bahia (Cruzeiro, Brazil) and Ivan Bandalovski (Litex, Bulgaria) have been added to the squad earlier on during 1st half of the season, Feyenoord should become as competitive as ever.
On the other hand Chong-gug Song (Samsung, South Korea) and Thomas Buffel (Rangers, Scotland) were sold, and Ebi Smolarek got loaned out to the Bundesliga squad Borussia Dortmund. But there is one big problem: Ghaly may have lost his place in all these team changes!
In an article it way stated Gullit may be losing his patience with Hossam, and that his team-mates already lost it! This is due to Ghaly "not really doing his main job on the pitch," according to the staff, and he will certainly not play against Vitesse this Sunday, maybe even not coming on during the match.
These bad reports influencing Ghaly’s appearances are not good at all, but one thing is sure; Ghaly is regarded highly by everyone at Feyenoord. When he does what he must do during a match he will certainly get another chance, because he could become one of the best midfielders that have ever played in Europe, as Gullit said a while ago.
Looking forward to Sunday it might be a bad weekend for Hossam, but he will certainly get his minutes during the 2nd half of the season, as he is just too good to be left aside.
Life is only about black and white!