CAIRO (2016 FIBA Africa U18 Women’s Championship) - Tournament hosts Egypt have secured two straight wins at the ongoing FIBA Africa U18 Women’s Championship.
The 1.81m forward, who plays for local side El Shams, spoke to FIBA.com about her team's ambitions in the event as well as her potential career with the senior women's national team.
FIBA.com: What can you tell us about the ongoing tournament?
Abdelgawad: So far everything is going well for us. But I am aware that these types of championships are always difficult. Many teams have made big progress as they are used to participating. We have the example of Mozambique who have achieved a lot of experience and this became evident when they played against Tunisia.
FIBA.com: Do you feel any sort of pressure as the host country?
Abdelgawad: Yes we do feel a little pressure because as hosts we are obliged not only to win games but also we need to play well. We are playing each game as a final. We must remain focused and be ready especially when the time comes to play teams such as Mali.
FIBA.com: Which teams can challenge Egypt in the tournament?
Abdelgawad: We have respect for all teams because in a tournament like this surprises can happen. But our biggest wish is to play Mali only in the final game as they are physically strong and technically good.
FIBA.com: What can you say about your future career?
Abdelgawad: So far, I am focused on the tournament and my club, nothing else. But like every sports person, my goal is to achieve a high level career. I know that it will not be easy but I am working hard every day to achieve my dream. As you may know, it's not easy for players from the Arabic region to emerge internationally… but I will keep fighting. My second target is to make it to senior national team in the coming years and fly the Egyptian flag internationally. Finally I will be very happy to experience a coaching career after a high-level player career.