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Egypt legend Hassan Shehata slams Hector Cuper

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Posted on June 20, 2017
Hassan Shehata

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’s legendary former coach and player blamed current coach Hector Cuper for the national team’s poor performance after the 2017 African Cup of Nations in Gabon.

The Pharaohs fell to a 1-0 defeat against Tunisia in their opening group stage match. Egypt now currently sit at the bottom of Group J with no points after their other group opponents and played out a goalless draw. Hector Cuper took the blame for the defeat but assured that he is optimistic for the next rounds.

“Cuper prefers those who play abroad, that’s his problem,” Shehata told ON Sport. “Who said that we don’t have good strikers in Egypt? ENPPI’s Amr Marie is a very special player but how can he gain enough experience if Cuper is not calling him up to prepare him physically, technically and psychologically.”

The former highest ranked African Coach praised Pharaohs abroad like Mohamed Salah, Ramadan Sobhi, Mahmoud Kahraba and Mahmoud Trezeguet, but pointed out that this does not mean that Cuper should not call up local players too.

“Egypt is not playing football, Cuper has a strategy which he depends on and said before that he will not be changing it now since he is winning games with this strategy and I am not against that, but this won’t last,” he added. “Cuper needs to realize that the 2017 AFCON ended, he has to get ready for the next phase and the Egyptian Football Association should help him with all his requests.”

The 69-year-old coach sent a message to the Argentinian coach asking him to help his players get used to group play instead of the current individuality. “The national team is very close to qualifying to the World Cup in Russia, we should work harder in the next period,” he concluded.

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