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Warda defends coaching staff, teammates after disappointing World Cup campaign


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Egypt international has defended the Pharaohs’ technical staff and his teammates after their disappointing results at the in Russia.

The Pharaohs fell to a 1-0 defeat to Uruguay in their Group A opener before losing 3-1 to hosts Russia to get officially eliminated from the competition ahead of their last group game against Saudi Arabia.

The coaching staff headed by Argentine coach Hector Cuper came under fire after the Pharaohs’ disappointing performance against Russia, with many fans blaming him for the defeat and calling for his sacking. However, Warda believes everyone in the team gave 100 per cent.

“The technical staff and the players did their best. Reaching the World Cup was the dream of 100 million Egyptians,” Warda, who’s part of Egypt’s squad that made it to the World Cup for the first time in 28 years, told ONSport satellite channel.

“We’re very sad because we wanted to spring a surprise and make Egyptians happy,” he added.

The 24-year-old, who featured against Uruguay and Russia, promised the fans that the players will exert all efforts to defeat the Green Falcons in the dead rubber on Monday at the Volgograd Arena, as a win against Saudi Arabia would mark Egypt’s first ever World Cup victory.

“We’ll try to beat Saudi Arabia to make the fans, who came to support us, happy,” he added.

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  1. Gogi

    June 24, 2018 at 3:04 PM

    Of course he does. Any decent coaching staff wouldn’t even consider such a clown for the NT. He always looks like an angry schoolboy desperately trying to dribble past grown up defenders.

  2. Yehya Asker

    June 24, 2018 at 5:09 PM

    Like almost everything else in Egypt, the issue/excuse can’t be only giving 100%.
    If you are not qualified to take a position (like the coaching staff in this case) you shouldn’t be in that position to begin with because even if you give 100% it is still bad and not good enough. It is the people who put them in that position to blame because they picked the wrong staff.
    Any number multiplied by zero equals zero! So 100% of zero is still a big zero!

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