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Shawky Gharib: The decision of my sacking has now been delayed, we need patience
Egypt’s head coach Shawky Gharib had a few words to say following the Pharaohs’ 2-0 win over Botswana in the 2015 AFCON qualifier on Friday.
In a post-match interview with beIN Sports, Gharib began congratulating Egyptians: “I congratulate Egyptians, especially that this win has come at the time when Egyptians are celebrating the ‘October’ war victory.”
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Concerning the performance of his team against Botswana, Gharib said: “The reason behind this victory is the elevated physical fitness of the players; due to the return of the Egyptian Premier League.”
“The return of the league helped the players on being ready for this match. The four injuries were not a problem.”
Gharib acknowledged that Botswana were not much of a competitor for the Pharaohs, compared to his previous opponents.
“Frankly, Botswana is nothing like Senegal or Tunisia, they are different and we were more ready,” said Gharib.
“We made use of all our resources and studied Botswana.
“I had to put more players in midfield. The addition of El-Sulaya helped us control the middle of the pitch,” he added.
The 55-year-old coach also commented on goalscorer Mohamed Salah’s display: “Salah was free to move on the pitch, I was absolutely certain that he would score despite failing to do so in the first-half.”
Gharib then proceeded to thank his players following the win in Gaborone: “We do work but at the end of the day, the players are the ones who do the hard work. I thank them for this performance and the result.”
Shawky Gharib has previously announced that he would resign if he fails to lead Egypt to the upcoming African Cup of Nations in Morocco, to which he commented: “Yes, the sacking and criticism has been delayed after this victory but I have said it before, more than once, my contract is terminated in case Egypt does not reach the 2015 AFCON. I just want people to have a little patience”.
Gharib was the assistant coach of Egypt’s former manager Hassan Shehata when the national team ruled African football, having won 3 consecutive AFCONs in 2006, 2008 and 2010.
However, most of the star players of that era have since retired, to which Gharib concluded: “We are trying to build a new, young team, and this needs patience.”