Egypt manager Hector Cuper takes the blame for defeat against Tunisia
Egypt fell to a 1-0 defeat against Tunisia in their opening group stage match. Egypt currently sit at the bottom of Group J with no points after their other group opponents Niger and Swaziland played out a goalless draw on Saturday.
“Our match against Tunisia was different than our previous matches in the 2017 AFCON in Gabon,” Cuper explained to the press after the match. “Tunisia was a tough opponent, but that does not mean that they secured qualification. We still have five more rounds.”
The Argentinian coach said that he made mistakes that could have been avoided especially when it came to passing the ball in the first half. “I should have brought in Amr Gamal earlier to replace Abdallah El-Said. I just wanted to give El-Said more time to create better chances,” he explained. “I should be blamed for this.”
As for the Pharaohs abroad, the coach commented on their performance during the match and said that they could have performed better. “This, however, is not because their minds were occupied with summer transfer moves, it was just the game’s special conditions that led to this low performance,” he added.
Cuper concluded by assuring that he is optimistic even though Egypt lost the match and that he is sure that his players can achieve better results in the next matches.
The Pharaohs’ next match will be against Niger in March 2018 and then Swaziland in September 2018.
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