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Cúper: El-Hadary may start against Tanzania
The Pharaohs can afford a small-margin loss or a draw and still qualify to the 2017 AFCON. However, a win is favorable for Egypt’s FIFA ranking and the World Cup dream.
“Defeating Tanzania is crucial for Egypt’s FIFA ranking and for our qualification to the next AFCON. The squad might see some changes as compared to the games against Nigeria,” said Cúper.
He then said, “In some games, the result is more important than the performance, but I’m confident in our style of play.”
The Argentine has been facing a barrage of criticism for his squad selections, especially after his decision to exclude Al Ahly captain Hossam Ghaly from the squad that will travel to Tanzania.
“My team has no ill-intentions toward anyone. We discuss everything together and make decisions based on what will be best for the team. People can say what they want, because, in the end, I’m the one who makes the decision,” said the 60-year-old.
“I don’t make the decisions based on color [referring to teams], but on player performances. Some players understand their exclusion, while others believe it’s an unfair treatment,” he explained, and continued, “In Spain, mistreatment would be categorized as physical harm, but this is not the case here.”
Héctor Cúper also hinted that three-time AFCON winner Essam El-Hadary may start against Tanzania: “With Sherif Ekramy injured and Ahmed El-Shennawy not fully fit, El-Hadary may take part in the game.”
“I’m really proud of managing the Egyptian national team and only history will judge whether my stint here will be a success or a failure.”
Following Chad’s withdrawal from the 2017 AFCON qualifiers, Egypt’s match against Tanzania, on June 4th, will be the last one in the campaign.