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Manuel Jose: Hector Cuper was treated unfairly

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Former Al Ahly manager, Manuel Jose, discusses the sacking of Egypt’s former manager, Hector Cuper, and the management of youth competitions in Egypt.

The 72-year-old manager criticized the Egyptian Football Federation for sacking the Pharaoh’s former manager, Hector Cuper, stating, “Cuper was treated unfairly; many people criticized his tactics and the way he played, but this was the only way for Egypt to qualify to the World Cup.”

He added, “Reaching the World Cup for the first time in 28 years is a great achievement and he should be honored for that, not get sacked. The injustice that he was subjected to was due to the loss of his most important player in the World Cup, Mohamed Salah, who was not completely fit to play.”

On bringing Salah when he played for El Mokawloon to Al Ahly, Jose stated, “In my last season with Al Ahly, I wanted to buy Salah and Elneny from El Mokawloon and I talked to the president at the time, Hassan Hamdy, about it.”

He added, “The agreement was reached between Al Ahly and El Mokawloon over the transfer of both Salah and Elneny if El Mokawloon gets relegated this season. However, the Egyptian Football Federation cancelled the relegation that season and both players stayed at the club.”

Jose then discussed the disaster the Egyptian Football might be facing due to the poor management of youth competitions in Egypt, expressing his shock that youth teams play only 15 minutes every week.

Jose who is currently working as a technical advisor for Wadi Degla stated, “The youth competitions end in May and start in October and there is a very long period without playing any matches, which greatly affects their their performance and fitness.”

He added, “They are Egypt’s future footballers and what is happening is threatening the future of Egyptian Football and unfortunately, no one cares.”

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