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Egypt did not play badly against Mali, says coach Hector Cuper

Hector Cuper

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Egypt manager Hector Cuper believes that the Pharaohs didn’t play badly in their Africa Cup of Nations opener against Mali, which ended in a goalless draw.

The record seven-time champions are scheduled to face Uganda on Saturday, as they will be looking to achieve a positive result to keep their hopes of advancing to the next stage alive.

“We did not play badly against Mali,” Cuper said during his pre-match press conference ahead of Uganda clash.

“However, we will try to fix the mistakes of the Mali match when we face Uganda,” Cuper said, stressing that they’ll strive to play their best.

The 61-year-old added that Egypt’s defense is good, saying that he will work on making the attacking line better.

“However, there cannot be a complete change [from the line-up against Mali]. It would be a definite mistake.

“We are a team that have an identity,” Cuper added.

The Argentine coach rejected criticism that the Egyptian team depend solely on AS Roma winger Mohamed Salah.

“I have never depended on only one player with any team. I have never done this my whole life,” Cuper said.

“It is illogical to depend on only one player,” he added.

Egypt now have one point and sit tied for second place in Group D along with Mali. Meanwhile, Ghana top the group following their 1-0 victory over Uganda, who sit at the bottom.

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