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Cuper reveals his reasons behind players’ exclusion

Hector Cuper

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Egypt’s National team manager Hector Cuper points out that he’s got the best three goalkeepers in Egypt, justifies not calling up Shikabala and Ghaly and much more.

Egypt’s Argentinian manager Hector Cuper has made it clear that he called up the best three goalkeepers in Egypt.

“There is no need to worry at all, we have the best three goalkeepers in Egypt. They are El-Hadary, Ekramy and El-Shennawy,” he said in a press conference.

He also stressed that El-Hadary wasn’t lucky in his previous game with the National team.

“El-Hadary’s form is fine, he just wasn’t lucky enough in his previous game,” he added.

Egypt is set to face Congo in their first game of the 2018 World Cup qualifiers on the ninth of October.

He also justified excluding Shikabala, Ghaly and Walid Soliman from the squad, while calling up Ahmed Hegazy who’s just returned from a long injury.

“I always watch and monitor Shikabala, his performance is always stepping up. However, we have more than one player fulfilling his role in the squad, therefore he wasn’t called up,” he said.

“Ghaly wasn’t called up for technical reasons,” he added.

“Although Hegazy just returned from injury and didn’t feature in any game with Al Ahly, I followed him up closely and decided that he should be called up,” he continued.

“Regarding not calling up Walid Soliman, he might get called up for the next camp. All players must work hard and concentrate in training,” he said.

The 60-year-old then talked about the possibility of leaving the Egyptian National team.

“I’ll leave under one circumstance only, failure to provide all means of comfort and success to me,” he said.

“At the moment, the FA fulfills all the needs of my team, but once they stop doing so I’ll leave immediately,” he concluded.

It is worth mentioning that Hector Cuper has successfully lead Egypt to finally qualify to the African Cup of Nations, after missing out on the past three tournaments.


Mohammed Salama is a 20-year-old who fell in love with football since Egypt's AFCON final match against Ivory Coast! Strangely enough an Al Ahly and Al Masry fan locally. In addition, he's a hardcore Bayern Munich supporter.

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