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El Gabbas happy to be involved
AFTER a frustrating three weeks Mohamed El Gabbas finally got the chance to pull on a Swindon Town shirt on Saturday, and he said the atmosphere at the County Ground for his debut was “perfect”.
The Egyptian frontman waited a fortnight to receive international clearance after signing for the Robins until January last month, and he came off the bench as a last-minute substitute in the 3-2 victory over Bristol City.
Though the striker got just 60 seconds on the pitch, he was delighted to finally be playing following three weeks of sitting on the sidelines.
“It was very annoying for me because I wanted to play as soon as possible. When I came I wanted to be directly in the team, I was training with the team and watching the team play good football,” he said.
“It’s annoying when you just train and you know you can’t play but the good thing about this period is it gave me time to train.
“I didn’t do the whole pre-season with the team, I only did a half pre-season and the rest was alone so it made me train 10 days more to get my fitness back.
“I have seen the team more, I’ve got used to the players more in training, I’ve seen two games and how we played. It’s given me more time to see and to explore the team.”
El Gabbas’s initiation into the Town first team could barely have been more intense, given the opposition and nature of the game on Saturday.
But the former Newcastle trainee loved every minute.
“I thought the atmosphere was perfect, it was the best atmosphere for a football player to play in,” he said. “I was sitting on the bench and wanted to play from the first minute.
“The fans were all the time supporting the team so it was a nice atmosphere to play.
“The game was very aggressive, tight and good to play and it was something very good that we won this kind of game for the fans.”
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