Chechen Minister insists Egypt had no issues in World Cup camp
Chechen Minister of National Policy, External Relations, Press and Information Dzhambulat Umarov has professed that Egypt’s Football Association had no complains over their stay in Grozny during the World Cup.
Egypt have participated in the 2018 World Cup in Russia in Group A along with Uruguay, Russia and Saudi Arabia, but the Pharaohs bowed out of the competition from the group stage with significantly weak displays where they lost the three games and were bottom of the group.
The Egyptian national team were based in Grozny, Chechen during their World Cup campaign, their decision to reside there invoked wide criticism from wide media outlets due to the distance between Grozny and other Russian cities and the climate that is relatively different to the average Russian city.
Additionally, the leader of the Chechen Republic Ramzan Kadyrov has recently offered Mohamed Salah the honourary citizenship of Chechnya, which prompted speculations of the Liverpool winger quitting the Egypt national team after being drawn into a political row.
A member of the Egyptian Parliament’s Committee of Youth Affairs and Sports told Sputnik that the committee had demanded an investigation into the national team’s performance after Egypt lost all three group-stage games and were knocked out of the tournament.
“We asked to explain what the request is about, who made it and what in particular does the document say,” Umarov said.
“I can announce that there is not a single word in the document regarding the Chechen Republic and the conditions of the Egyptian national team’s base.”
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