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Egypt manager Héctor Cúper admits mistake in Guinea game

Hector Cuper

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Egypt national team manager Hector Cúper has claimed responsibility for the dispute that took place during Guinea’s game, saying he wasn’t satisfied by the team’s performance.

Egypt settled for a 1-1 draw with Guinea on Tuesday in a friendly game in their preparation for the African World Cup qualifiers.

The game witnessed a dispute between Ramadan Sobhi, Mohamed Elneny and Hossam Paulo over who should shoot the penalty that Egypt were awarded following a foul on Walid Soliman, before Sobhi decided to take the spot kick and his poor effort was easily saved.

Cuper expressed his disappointment over what happened between the players and promised to take actions to solve the issue.

“I claim responsibility for what happened. Abdallah El-Said is the No.1 penalty taker, but he wasn’t on the pitch and I haven’t set an order for the players taking penalties after him. I promise this mistake won’t be repeated again,” Cúper said in the post-match press conference.

The Argentinean manager believes that despite the disappointing result, the game had many positive outcomes.

“I am not delighted about the result and our organisation on the pitch wasn’t ideal. I was expecting a better performance and result. We have to learn from our mistakes and avoid them against South Africa,” Cuper said.

The Pharaohs take on South Africa next week, as they prepare for the resumption of the 2018 World Cup qualifying against Congo in October.

The game witnessed the participation of a number of new players including Sam Morsy and Hossam Paulo for the first time with the national team, but Cuper revealed that the key players would take part in the team’s next game against South Africa.

“There are some players who haven’t taken part in the game, but I already know their importance to the team. The match represented a chance for participation of other players who I wanted to follow closely,” Cúper added.

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