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Magdi Abdelghani Sayed Ahmed (Arabic: مجدي عبد الغني سيد أحمد‎; born 27 July 1959), known as Abdelghani, is an Egyptian retired footballer who played as an attacking midfielder. He is mostly known for being the sole goal scorer in Egypt's 1990 World Cup Campaign.

Magdi Abdelghani
Personal information
Full name Magdi Abdelghani Sayed Ahmed
Date of birth (1959-07-27) 27 July 1959 (age 60)
Place of birth Cairo, Egypt
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
1965–1979 Al-Ahly
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1979–1988 Al-Ahly
1988–1993 Beira-Mar
1993–1994 Al-Mokawloon
National team
1981–1992 Egypt 50 (5)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

He played most of his professional career with Al-Ahly and Beira-Mar.


Club careerEdit

Born in Cairo, Abdelghani was a first-team mainstay for several years at local Al-Ahly, before immigrating to Portugal in 1988 at the age of 29, signing with lowly S.C. Beira-Mar which he helped the club to maintain its first division status whilst averaging four goals per season, even though he appeared sparingly in his last year.

Abdelghani finished his career back in his country, first with Al-Mokawloon al-Arab. In 1987, he finished fourth in the race for African Footballer of the Year.[1]

International careerEdit

Abdelghani gained 50 caps for Egypt, representing the nation at the 1990 FIFA World Cup in Italy and scoring its only goal of the tournament, a penalty in the 1–1 group stage draw against the Netherlands.[2]

He also competed at the 1984 Summer Olympics,[3] and helped the Pharaohs win the 1986 African Cup of Nations on home soil. He also won an All-African Games gold medal in 1987.[4]


  1. ^ "African Player of the Year 1987". RSSSF. Retrieved 9 November 2009.
  2. ^ "Netherlands – Egypt 1–1 (0–0)". Planet World Cup. 12 June 1990. Retrieved 1 May 2012.
  3. ^ "Abdelghani Sayed". Sports Reference. Retrieved 3 December 2014.
  4. ^ "Egypt Versus Kenya". Retrieved 29 November 2017.

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