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El-Badry blames referee for Nigeria draw
Egypt’s olympic national team manager, Hossam El-Badry, blamed the referee’s decisions for 2-2 draw against Nigeria.
“We went through a healing process after the game and we are now concentrating on our final group game against Mali which is very critical to our position in the group,” the 55-year-old coach said in a television interview on BeIn Sports following the match against Nigeria.
The ex-Ahly manager also highlighted the referee’s dubious decisions to award Nigeria two penalty kicks in the first half of the game giving them a two-goal lead.
“The scenario we faced in this game was a very weird one because of the poor decisions from the referee. We want fair judgement. We were always in praise of the African referees and then these things happen and they take us back to step one again,” El-Badry added.
El-Badry, who represented the Egyptian national team on 18 occasions and played in the Olympic games Qualifier in Moscow in 1980 pointed out that the players lacked concentration and were hasty with their opportunities due to the scenario of the game.
He also thanks his players for their efforts and their comeback to the game while ensuring that should the game have been played with a calmer atmosphere, the result was always going to be in Egypt’s favour.
Egypt drew the first game of the group stages against Algeria 1-1.
Egypt’s olympic national team, who now sit in 3rd place with two points from two game will face Mali, who sit in 4th with zero points from two games on Saturday, 5 December, 2015.
Egypt must grab a win to have a chance to qualify to the next round of the 2015 U-23 African Cup of Nations, and 2016 Summer Olympics which are to be held at Rio de Janeiro.