Manuel Jose: Egypt national team not as big as before
Former Al Ahly manager Manuel Jose believes that the Egyptian national team isn’t as big as it used to be in the past.
The Pharaohs have suffered a disappointing 1-0 defeat to Uganda in Kampala in the 2018 World Cup qualifiers late in August before earning a hard-fought 1-0 victory over the Cranes in Alexandria a week later.
“It is true that Egypt have lost to Uganda who are not considered a big team. But nowadays, Egypt aren’t the big team they were in the past too,” the legendary Al Ahly manager told OnSport satellite channel.
“The Egyptian national team is currently in the phase between the end of a generation and the beginning of a new one. There are only two or three players left from the old days,” Jose added.
The Portuguese manager was the Cairo giants’ manager when the Pharaohs won the 2006 and 2008 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON), and he was coaching Angola in the 2010 AFCON, which saw Egypt claim their third consecutive continental title.
Jose, who announced his retirement from football earlier this year, won eight continental titles and six Egyptian Premier League trophies with the Red Devils.
The manager of Wadi Degla’s academy, who is one of the most successful managers in Egypt and Africa, added that current Egypt manager Hector Cuper has managed to make the players adapt to his style of play successfully.
“He is on the right path to lead the Pharaohs for the World Cup,” the 71-year-old added.
Egypt, who reached the final of the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations earlier this year, currently lead Group E of the African qualifiers for the 2018 World Cup with nine points. They sit two points ahead of second-placed Uganda, while Ghana and Congo sit third and fourth respectively.
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