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Five things we learned from Egypt’s loss against Portugal

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players can sleep at ease knowing they pushed European champions Portugal for a full 90 minutes and they had to be saved by the world’s best player in the dying minutes.

After failing to qualify to the Africa Cup of Nations for three editions in a row, it all looked gloomy for the Pharaohs until a change of fortunes saw them qualify to the tournament in Gabon and reach the final lead by one of the best players in the world, Mohamed Salah.

Fast forward eight months later, Egypt qualified to the for the first time in 28 long years. The loss against Portugal was an honorable one. The 2016 Euro champions had to wait until Cristiano Ronaldo broke them out of jail with the final kick of the match. The way the loss arrived hurt, but indeed it is not a bad sign for this generation.

This is a Mohamed Salah team, there is no doubt about that but this review is not about his importance to the national team rather about other areas that need to be given attention.

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  1. Ayman El-Ghazali

    March 24, 2018 at 6:05 PM

    Nice write up!! Basem Morsi is a special kind of athlete when he is in good form and should be rested in these friendlies (this is coming from an Ahly fan so it must be true haha). One issue with Cuper is his reluctance to use substitutes. Just like the Cameroon match, players were tired and he could have used subs to delay the game and waste time. That’s all we needed, thethree minutes of wasting time with a few more subs. The match was awesome, the team was awesome. Portugal are my favorite team after Egypt so I’m only a like heart broken, but it was worth the entertainment. Clean game, lots of tactics and overall a great test. We should have won but CR7 broke our hearts 🙂

  2. Mo

    March 25, 2018 at 1:26 PM

    Very nice report! You have mentioned the right players in the egyptian league who deserve to play for the national team! When you take a look to the topscorer list in Egypt, the best egyptian strikers are Wadi Degla’s El-Said and Al-Masry’s Ahmed Gomaa. But it is known in Egypt that players who dont play for Al Ahly or Zamalek rarely get the chance to a national team call-up.

    As you mentioned the full backs they have to be changed too because they are too old and the other ones we have would Perform better like el mohamady in the right side and i would like to see Al-Masry’s Mohamed Hamdy as the left back for egypt.

  3. Ahmed

    March 25, 2018 at 6:12 PM

    I think marwan should be egypt first striker and kouka off the plane. He has done nth for the team in the qualifers . Salah mohsen doesnt deserve just cuz he has scored goals against lowly trams in the league . Will wait and see how he does against african giants in the CL. If egypt were to send their stroking department. Should be marwan mohsen and Omar el said on wadi degla and amr marei

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