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Egypt coach reveals why El-Hadary was benched against Tunisia


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Egypt national team goalkeepers trainer Ahmed Nagy talked about the reason why legendary goalkeeper Essam El-Hadary did not start in Egypt’s last friendly against Tunisia.

Ekramy was the starting goalkeeper for The Pharaohs during the team’s last friendly against Tunisia before heading Gabon for the 2017 AFCON which Egypt won 1-0, while Ahmed El-Shennawy played the second half.

“Our strategy was to let two goalkeepers play in this match, we can’t have all three goalkeepers playing in one match,” Nagy told Nagham FM radio channel. “El-Hadary is a true legend and trains hard.”

As for not announcing the team’s starting goalkeeper in AFCON, Nagy said that this is logical. “Announcing the starting goalkeeper now can have a bad effect on the other two goalkeepers,” he explained. “That, of course, does not mean that they are not professional players who work very hard.”

The national team goalkeepers trainer expressed his satisfaction from the performances of the three goalkeepers as this proves for the technical staff that all of them will be ready to play during the championship.

In addition to being a hardcore football fan, Abdelrahman is a communications enthusiast who works in marketing, advertising, content creation and PR.

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