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Hector Cuper justifies his Egypt squad recent call-ups

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Posted on August 26, 2016
Hector Cuper

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In a press conference held on Friday morning, Hector Cuper justifies his recent Egypt squad call-ups for the training camp in Alexandria.

Egypt manager Hector Cuper has recently announced his 28-man squad for the upcoming friendlies against Guinea and South Africa in preparation for the CAF World Cup qualifiers.

The 28-man squad includes nine foreign-based players that include Ahmed Elmohamady who hasn’t been called up recently to the national team.

“I called up Elmohamady to the team back again because he returned to playing as a right back, which is the position I need him in, and he also performed well in central midfield, which gives us more flexibility in deploying him in any position,” Cuper said.

The decision to include both Ahly striker Amr Gamal and Anderlecht midfielder Mahmoud Trezeguet has been hugely criticized due to Gamal’s recent goal scoring form, as he hasn’t scored for Al Ahly for four months, and the fact Trezeguet hasn’t been a starter since joining Anderlecht last season.

Cuper commented on that saying: “Yes Trezeguet doesn’t participate with his team, but when you give him instructions on the field he tries very hard to follow them and he’s very beneficial to the team; Amr Gamal is a good player who fits our style of play.”

The Argentine manager has then justified one of his other striker call-ups, Hossam Paulo, saying that he thinks it’s the right time for Paulo to get a chance and that’s the coaching staff’s point of view.

Regarding recent rumors of Hossam Ghaly’s international retirement, Cuper commented saying: “Ghaly’s exclusion is for technical reasons and I wasn’t notified with such a decision, but it’s his personal choice and I respect it if he decides to notify us with such a decision.”

“There are players who get excluded for non-technical reasons. Instead, it could be due to a certain behaviour of the player or due to a certain reason for the coaching staff. Some players perform well with their teams but get excluded because there is another ready player in that position.”

“Scuffle between players in the last Cairo Derby? It happens in all countries around the world, but once they join the national team these things will not be allowed.”

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