Stoke City misfit gets green light to star in Olympics



Ramadan Sobhi has received some welcome news as Fifa voted to extend the age limit for football at the Tokyo Olympics.

The former Stoke City winger captained Egypt to qualification by winning the under-23s Africa Cup of Nations in November.

But his participation – and that of teammates Nasser Maher, Mostafa Mohamed and Akram Tawfik – came into doubt when the competition was postponed until 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The men’s football event at the Olympics is restricted to just three players over the age of 23.

But Fifa has decided to raise the age limit to 24 and Ramadan, now at Huddersfield and rediscovering form on loan to boyhood club Al Ahly, can still lead the squad.

Qualified teams include Egypt, Argentina, holders Brazil, France, Germany, Spain, Romania, New Zealand, Ivory Coast, South Africa, Australia, Saudi Arabia, South Korea and hosts Japan.

Harry Souttar had been in the frame to play for Australia but was instead promoted to the senior squad.

Ramadan, who joined Stoke for £5m from Al Ahly in 2016, has been linked with a move back to Europe to sign for Kasimpasa in Turkey.

Yeni Akit claims that Kasimpasa are in talks with Huddersfield about a loan move for next season.





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