EFA justify choice of Grozny as training camp site, blast English media
EFA 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.
“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 Mohamed Salah’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.
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