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SWINDON TOWN: El Gabbas hoping to be Egyptian screen star
SEVERAL households in Cairo will be tuning in to Sky Sports this evening in the hope of seeing Mohamed El Gabbas make an appearance for Swindon Town against Chelsea, if the striker is to be believed.
The Egyptian, who made his debut for the Robins in the 3-2 defeat of Bristol City on Saturday, told the Advertiser that he and the club have a cult following back in his homeland following his recent move to Wiltshire.
It may be an unlikely outpost for a Swindon supporters group, but El Gabbas explained how his friends and family will be watching in earnest come kick-off this evening.
“In Egypt they follow Swindon now after I signed here,” he said.
“They follow me, they follow the team and the league and they know that I’m going to play against Chelsea.
“Everybody is waiting to see me playing against big teams and big names like Chelsea.
“Maybe my wife and her family can come to the game because it’s a game to remember.”
El Gabbas watched Chelsea get turned over by FC Basel in the Champions League last week and he thinks Swindon can exploit what few weaknesses the Europa League holders have in pursuit of one of the biggest cup scalps in the club’s history.
“It’s a big game this Tuesday. I watched their game against Basel in London because there was an Egyptian player for Basel and I wanted to go and see,” he said.
“They are having problems now, they have lost two games recently and it’s going to be a very good time to try to get something out of them.
“That’s football, you can see our team playing in the last few games and I think we are one of the best teams playing football in this league and if we try to play our football we can do a good game.
“It doesn’t matter how the result at the end is going to be. We just have to show that we can do it, we can show England that Swindon Town is a team who can play good football.”
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