Shilongo back to work for Ismaily

It's business as usual for Brave Warriors forward Benson Shilongo who just last week returned to Egypt to finish the season.

12 August 2020 | Sports

Limba Mupetami


Namibian international Benson Shilongo is happy to be back at the service of his Egyptian club.

The Egyptian Premier League resumed last Thursday after more than four months of suspension due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

This means many players across the world had a long lay-off and inactivity, and the uncertainty of how soon they could return to the pitch proved to be a major concern and cause of frustration.

While others relaxed, 28-year-old Shilongo used the time off to hone his skills and work on his fitness levels.

Keeping in check

“It was a frustrating time, but I just kept myself busy with training so that I don't lose my form and also catching up with family and friends,” said Shilongo, who returned to Egypt last week, said.

“I got right back into training and I feel good to be back at work. I have been going through the paces to catch up with the rest of the team.

It's been a tough time without football in recent months and this brings a whole new dimension to it.

“The drive and enthusiasm towards the game hasn't changed and it's all about continuing at the highest level possible,” he said.

“The rest of the players look good and we all just want to start on a high and maintain the momentum as it will help us in the long run in regaining ourselves to a respectable home position.”

More goals to come

The Namibian has scored 10 goals for Ismaily so far and said more can come from the remaining matches.

Ismaily is currently in the 9th spot on the log with 22 points.

The log is topped by Al Ahly with 52 points, followed in second by Pyramids and Zamalek with 35 points and a match difference.

His club is scheduled to face Al Masry on Friday. “I'm looking forward to the match and will push myself to do my best,” Shilongo said.

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