The fans nicknamed him “Maradona of the Arabs”, and he scored one of the most beautiful goals in the history of the World Cup, and won the award for the best player in Asia.
Saeed Al-Owairan, the legend of Al-Shabab club and the Saudi national team, with whom he participated in the 1994 and 1998 World Cups, engraved his name in golden letters among the most prominent Arab football stars throughout its history, and even put an indelible mark in the history of world football.
In his first participation in the World Cup, Al-Owairan scored a goal in the manner of the late Argentine and international football legend, Diego Maradona, in a 1-0 victory over Belgium, in the third round of the 1994 World Cup groups, after he ran about 70 meters from the middle of the field, evading everyone who met him, to lead ” Green” to the next turn.
After this goal, the fans called him “Maradona of the Arabs”, before his goal was chosen as the sixth best goal in the history of the World Cup in a vote conducted by the International Football Association before the 2002 World Cup.
“Al-Ain Sports” contacted the legend of “Al-Akhdar”, to talk to him about the expected match between Saudi Al-Hilal and Egyptian Zamalek in the Super Lusail Cup, scheduled for next Friday, on the largest stadiums for the 2022 World Cup.
I encourage Zamalek
At first, Saeed Al-Owairan spoke about his encouragement of the Egyptian club Zamalek, stressing that he would be happy if he succeeded in beating Al Hilal in the Lusail Super Cup match.
Al-Owairan said in this regard: “I support Zamalek, but Al-Hilal is a Saudi team. If Zamalek wins, I will say congratulations, and if Al-Hilal wins, I will say congratulations, and I will not be sad.”
Zamalek plays the match as a champion of the Egyptian League 2022, while Al Hilal participates as the champion of the Saudi League in the same season.
The match between Zamalek and Al Hilal
The former Saudi youth star talked about the match, stressing that it will be strong, as it combines the champions of the Egyptian and Saudi leagues, explaining: “I think it will be a strong confrontation, as the two teams are on similar levels. The Saudi league champion is Al Hilal, and the Egyptian league champion is Zamalek.”
He continued, “Zamalek has many stars, but the fatigue may be influential, as Al Hilal scored 6 points from two victories at the beginning of the season, while Zamalek finished the league late last month.”
Al-Owairan tips before the Super Lusail Cup
Saeed Al-Owairan was keen to talk about Portuguese Josevaldo Ferreira and Argentine Ramon Diaz, coaches of Zamalek and Al Hilal, and his advice to them before the Super Lusail Cup match scheduled between the two teams.
And the Saudi football legend spoke, saying: “Each coach has a personality, the coach sometimes goes according to the players and the club if it is big or small, and the two clubs are big.”
Regarding the Zamalek coach’s technical advice, Al-Owairan said: “Ferrera must be careful in front of Al Hilal strikers, Malian Moussa Mariga and Nigerian Odion Ighalo, as they are very high level players,” adding: “Zamalek must not be lenient and play hard from the start of the match.”
With regard to his message to the Al Hilal coach, he explained: “Ramon Diaz should warn against Ahmed Sayed Zizou, Shikabala and Tunisian striker Seif El-Din Jaziri, as the foreigners of the two teams are at a high level.”
Ahmed Sayed Zizou
Al-Owairan spoke about his opinion on the possibility of Ahmed Sayed “Zizou” leaving Zamalek, who he described as his favorite player in the white team with Shikabala, in light of an offer to move to the Qatari Al Rayyan this summer.
The Saudi star said: “Ahmed Sayed Zizou’s departure is a loss, but every player has a player in his place, and there is no problem with that,” adding: “Zizou served Zamalek, so if there is a benefit to the club and the player, why not leave? This is his chance, the ball is opportunities It is the player’s right to benefit, and the club as well.”
And he added: “If Zizou goes to Al Rayyan, we will encourage him, and I will encourage Al Rayyan because of him. The ball is always opportunities, and Zamalek is able to sign another player, but I hope he stays.”
The difference between the Egyptian and Saudi league
Al-Owairan continued his speech by moving to the difference between the Egyptian and Saudi leagues, whose champions Zamalek and Al-Hilal are facing in the Lusail Super Cup, stressing that: “The Egyptian League needs good stadiums, a large audience, and teams that are more powerful.”
And he added, “In the Egyptian league, there are 3 or 4 strong teams, but in the Saudi league, the team that has foreigners and is in the tenth position can defeat the first-placed team.”
He concluded: “The Saudi League has 8 foreigners in each team, and all teams have contracted with distinguished foreigners, except for the sub, so the Egyptian League needs strong foreigners.”
A message to the fans of Zamalek and Al Hilal
In the end, Saeed Al-Owairan sent a message to the fans of Zamalek and Al Hilal, who intend to attend the match, as he confirmed that he expects a large public presence.