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Posted on 12 April 2005  - 12:00

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Mido fully anticipates next season will be the big one for him where his 'real quality will be there to see'.

The Egyptian striker endured a frustrating first half of the campaign at Roma, suffering from a lack of match action before making a 18-month loan switch to Spurs at the end of January. He suspects he is paying for that period of inactivity and, even though he revealed he is feeling stronger and fitter, the 22-year-old says season 2005-06 will provide the showcase for his undoubted talent.

"I do but, to be honest, I know in myself that this season was broken for me while I was at Roma," said Mido.

"I know that my big season will be the next one and my real quality will be there to see. This season I am doing my best to play well, but you have to know I am not 100 per cent fit. I know it and Martin knows it, when I am 100 per cent fit I will play much better.

"It is important in the next games that we win as many of them as we can. Next season I think we will have a different way of thinking and it will be a very important one for us all."

Meanwhile, Mido made his return for Egypt after a year's absence during the recent international break, helping his team to a 4-1 victory over Libya in World Cup qualifying.

"I was very happy to come back well for the national team, it was very important for me and my country," he reflected. "It was also very important for us as a team to win the game and I am very happy we did and was very satisfied with my game.

"I think I played a good game, I helped my teammates to get better. We had a difficult time at one stage and were losing 1-0, then I scored a goal and provided an assist so it was good for me."

Mido added that he was touched by the reception afforded to him by the crowd following his time out from national service and feels his country are still in with a chance of winning the African Zone Group Three.

"It was great because all in the stadium - more than 50,000 - were yelling my name and wanted me to go to them and salute them. I was very touched and it was very emotional.

"We are in a tough group, Cameroon and the Ivory Coast are good teams. With Egypt now we are a young team that can play very good football, I think if we win our next four games we will qualify.

"We have Ivory Coast and Cameroon away from home so it will be tough for us - but you never know."