Egypt will ‘fight’ for victory against Saudi Arabia, says Tarek Hamed
Egypt international Tarek Hamed has apologised to Egypt fans after the Pharaohs 3-1 defeat to Russia at the group stage of the 2018 World Cup.
The Pharaohs, who made it to the World Cup for the first time since 1990, exited the tournament after losing to Uruguay and Russia in their first two Group A matches.
The 32-year-old midfielder, who featured in Egypt’s two games, promised the fans they’ll fight on Monday in their dead rubber against Saudi Arabia, who were also eliminated from the competition.
“The fan attendance was great against Russia,” Hamed told MBC Masr satellite channel.
Thousands of Egyptians travelled to back the Pharaohs against the host country, only to watch their national team lose 3-1 at the St. Petersburg stadium.
“I apologise on behalf of my teammates about the result and I promise the fans that we will fight to get a positive result against Saudi Arabia,” Hamed added.
Hamed also defended the national team’s coaching staff led by Hector Cuper, who came under fire following the Pharaohs’ disappointing performances and results at the football’s showpiece tournament.
“We shouldn’t forget that this is the coaching staff that guided us to the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations final and to the World Cup for the first time in 28 years,” he added.
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