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Abou-Rida hopes EFA crises won’t affect national team

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Egyptian Football Association (EFA) chairman Hany Abou-Rida hopes the current crises facing the EFA won’t affect the national team’s performance.

Earlier this month, the Supreme Administrative Court dissolved the EFA’s board, ruling that the 2016 elections results were invalid.

“I hope the current crises won’t affect Egypt’s national team’s journey at the African qualifiers for the 2018 World Cup in Russia,” Abou-Rida said.

“When I took over as EFA chairman, Egypt have been absent from the Africa Cup of Nations for years, but the situation has now changed, and the Pharaohs have returned to the world rankings,” he added.

The Pharaohs are ranked 20th in the FIFA world rankings for March, maintaining their position on top of African teams. This is the first time for the Pharaohs to reach this position since 2011.

The EFA chairman also spoke about the recent refereeing crisis that occurred after international referee Gehad Grisha denied Zamalek a penalty in their 1-0 loss against Misr El-Maqassa. Following the mistake, head of the refereeing committee Essam Abdel-Fattah announced that video assistance will be applied in Egypt.

“I’m in favor of using the video assistance instead of a fifth referee since the latter would cost us a lot more,” Abou-Rida said.

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