The Pharaohs reassured the head of the group after their victory over Guinea. (Photo: Egyptian Football Association Facebook page)
” Our most frequent guests are here As announced by the Confederation of African Football (CAF), Egypt has qualified for the 26th time in the final stage of the Africa Cup of Nations (CAN) to be held in Côte d’Ivoire in January 2024. An absolute record for the seven-time African champion who secured his ticket to the fourth round And thirty without even having to play the last qualifying match against Ethiopia next September in Cairo Pharaohs They beat Naby Keita’s Guinea 2-1 in Marrakech on Wednesday (June 14th) to secure top spot in Group D with 12 points from five matches. It may not have been their best match, but Mahmoud Hassan.” Trezeguet Mostafa Mohamed got the necessities in the net of the consolation goal from Serho Guerassi. ” I congratulate my players on the victory and their effort today. It was a difficult match because of the circumstances that preceded it. We had a lot of absences and a lot of tired players. This is why some players have to use it for the first time. We didn’t start well and conceded a goal that really frustrated me because we made a few movement errors. But we pulled ahead towards the end of the first period and fought back to get this important victory National team coach Rui Vitória said during the post-match press conference.
The Portuguese technician did not have enough time to prepare his team due to the many commitments, both domestic and continental, to clubs. The group had only gone through three training sessions before the match. Vitória has been denied several assets due to injuries, including duo defensive hinge Ahmed Hegazy (Jeddah UnionSaudi Arabia), and Mahmoud Hamdy (Zamalek) as well as midfielders Mohamed Elneny (ArsenalEngland), Tariq Hamed (Jeddah UnionSaudi Arabia) and Imam Ashur (Midgeland, Denmark). Besides the fact that he had in his group 9 players fromAl-Ahly who had just won the title of African champion after a fierce duel against love From Morocco only 3 days ago.
At the level of the starting line-up, Mohamed Abdel-Moneim and Ali Gabr started in the central axis, and with the exception of the mistake of switching during the goal, the Guinea attack contained well, Mahmoud Hamada kept his place in the center for the second. Consecutive match, Marouane Attia, and the neighborhood of the season with Al-Ahlylaunched his international career.
Set the bar high
Hired last July, Vittoria succeeded in his first assignment, elegant. the Pharaohs, led by former coach Ehab Galal, started their sporting career poorly with a small and unconvincing victory over Guinea, 1-0 in Cairo, and a historic defeat against Ethiopia (2-0) in Addis Ababa. Change arrived and Vitória raised the bar with a series of 6 consecutive victories, including 3 in the qualifiers, to secure a place in the 2023 African Cup of Nations and live on a honeymoon in Egypt. ” Although I admit that Jalal has gone through very difficult circumstances, it is clear that Vitória can make the difference. The team now looks more organized and confident. It’s important to win even if you don’t play well, like I did today, because it builds confidence and that’s what great teams are all about. I can’t say that this is the level that can make us dream, but the group is developing. Now we have to prove ourselves because the Egyptian team is still among the favorites to win the title. We have reached the final in two of the last three editions (2017 and 2021), so any result below the semi-finals will be considered a failure. Said Haitham Farouk, a former defender. Vittoria still has six months to prepare her CAN can, develop her methods and test new tricks. His last official match will be against Ethiopia in September, and after confirmation of qualification, he is without bets except for an air of revenge for last year’s defeat.