Former Tottenham Hotspur star Hossam Ghaly Tweets on 'awful year'

Former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Hossam Ghaly has lamented a poor 2014, and there's a key couple of reasons why.

The name Hossam Ghaly will be a blast from the past for Tottenham fans.

Best remembered for throwing his shirt to the floor after being substituted, he would never play for the club again, even though they were unable to shift him off their books until two years later.

Now 33, he is playing his football in his native Egypt, with Al Ahly, but is hoping the new year brings him fresh luck.

He sent a miserable tweet out last night, thanking his fans for sticking by him.

So why has it been so bad for Ghaly? There are a couple of key reasons why.

He upset his club in October by refusing to be substituted during a match against Assiouty Sport, and landed a huge fine of 150,000 Egyptian pounds.

Just a fortnight later he was culpable at international level, when he gave the ball away on the edge of his own box to allow Tunisia to score against Egypt.

This goal contributed to Egypt's defeat, decisive in their failure to qualify for the African Nations Cup for the third tournament in a row. 

Ghaly's career will surely never recover to reach the level he once played at, but if he can keep error-free, and be less hot-headed, then a better 2015 might be in store, but clearly old habits don't die hard easily.

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