Gharib takes responsibility for Senegal loss
Egypt coach Shawky Gharib has taken responsibility for the loss to Senegal in the 2015 African Cup of Nations qualifiers.
The Pharaohs were defeated 2-0 at the Stade Leopold Senghour in Dakar courtesy of two goals from Mame Biram Diouf and Sadio Mane.
“I’m the one you should blame for the loss tonight,” he told reporters after the game.
The former Smouha coach then praised Ahmed Fathi for playing at left-back, whilst also saying that Al Ahly defender Sabri Rahil did not play due to inexperience.
“Ahmed Fathi played well despite playing at left-back,” he said.
“We didn’t start Sabri [Rahil] because he lacks experience at this level, and if he had failed to produce tonight it would’ve affected his morale.
“The formation is not the problem, we played with the same strategy in the friendly against Bosnia and Herzegovina; we just lost the ball on many occasions.”
The former assistant coach then went on to say that Mohamed Salah’s fitness affected the performance of the side.
“Mohamed Salah’s fitness was poor,” he said. “This was definitely a main reason in us losing.
“Salah hasn’t featured for Chelsea regularly of late, and the Egyptian Premier League hasn’t started yet too.”
Gharib continued his words by praising Zamalek forward Khaled Kamar, whilst also explaining why Ahmed Hassan ‘Koka’ and Amr Gamal did not start.
“We still have five more games ahead of us,” he added.
“Ahmed Hassan ‘Koka’ did not play because he arrived in Dakar after we’d settled there, while Amr Gamal was recovering from an injury.
“However, Khaled Kamar is a really good striker,” Egypt’s national team manager concluded.
Finally, the former Ghazl El-Mahalla man gave his insight on the game against Tunisia, saying that the defence will definitely be a problem.
“The performance of our defence worries me,” he said. “Especially because we little time to fix our errors.”
It is also worth mentioning that Egypt will play their second game against the Carthage Eagles on the 10th of September in Cairo.
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