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EFA justify choice of Grozny as training camp site, blast English media

EFA justify choice of Grozny as training camp, blasts English media

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chairman Hany Abou-Rida has apologised for Egypt’s performance at the World Cup and explained the reason behind choosing Grozny as the Pharaohs’ training camp.

Egypt were knocked out of the World Cup after three consecutive defeats to Uruguay, Russia, and Saudi Arabia, which left them bottom of their group.

Following the humiliation exit, the EFA decided to not renew Hector Cuper’s contract and revealed they have requested a technical report from the Argentinian manager.

“I apologize to everyone for the performances of the Egyptian national team at the World Cup, especially in their last two games,” Hany Abou-Rida said.

“Everyone was expecting a much better performance, which is very disappointing.

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“We want to clarify the facts about the charges that have affected the EFA and its members in the last period during the World Cup.

“I asked for a technical report about the players’ performances from our former manager Hector Cuper, and it will be submitted within 48 hours alongside a financial and an administrative report,” he added.

The EFA were heavily criticised for choosing Grozny as the site of the team’s base, and Abou-Rida explained the reason behind the decision.

“We had chosen Grozny out of many other candidate cities for our training camp even before the competition draw was held,” he revealed.

“Hector Cuper had decided on Grozny as it was the closest to our arenas. The longest trip was before the Russia game.”

He also talked about ’s appearance with Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov, saying: “You cannot say no to an invitation from a country’s leader.

“English media is the main reason for what happened as they kept talking about it. The Egyptian embassy did not warn the team to accept the invitation of the president and therefore the team was there,” he added.

Reports emerged that Mohamed Salah is considering quitting the Egypt national team after being drawn into a political row, however, the Egyptian FA denied the news.



  1. Yehya Asker

    June 27, 2018 at 5:49 PM

    Abo Rida must go. He is the reason for all bad things happened to Egyptian football the last decade. How do you decide on a camp location before you know the games locations unless you are either a crook or an idiot and I know he is not an idiot!.

    Look at Abo Rida track record so far:
    – He was the champion of the big zero votes for Egypt World Cup bid if you remember.
    – He has been screwing Egypt for his own interest (bribes and commissions) while in FIFA (Awarding Tunisia with higher seed even that the entire world said it is fishy and should be Egypt instead during WC 2018 qualification).
    – He was the one who hired and kept Cuper, even that his tactics was clearly apparent to be stagnant and outdated.
    – He was the one who held the World camp in Grozny to make money off his UAE cronies and made our team travel the most in WC history.
    – He was the one who converted the hotel and team practice to circus.
    – His reputation as a corrupt crook is extremely tainted locally and internationally (Sepp Balter’s guy).

  2. Amiro

    June 27, 2018 at 8:34 PM

    why we egyptians can’t take any (constructive) criticism? Yes, Grozny choice was a big L and the outcome of greed and nepotism…no need to blast english media..if they were pride egyptians they would do everything to help our country…money habibi, money

  3. Ahmed Rady

    June 28, 2018 at 2:55 AM

    The whole thing is a farce and Abo RIda is the head of this circus. Blaming everything on Cuper is what cowards do instead of taking responsibilities like true leaders.

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