After Egypt first choice El Shenawy got injured against Ivory Coast, the second choice Gabaski came on and helped Egypt reach the semifinals by saving Eric Bailly’s penalty in the shootout.
Against Cameroon, he saved two crucial penalties in the shootouts to help the Pharoahs advance to the final.
When legendary Egyptian goalkeeper, El Hadry was leaving the scene. Egypt struggled for a good goalkeeper as there were no good goalkeepers in their domestic league and abroad.
In 2009, they made a new rule that banned clubs from signing foreign goalkeepers. Since 2009, clubs stopped signing foreign goalkeepers and began using local goalkeepers. Since then, there have been significant improvements in the development of Egyptian goalkeepers.
The first choice El Shenawy plays for Al Ahly while Gabaski plays for Zamalek.