Héctor Cúper: I am proud of my players



manager Hector Cúper has expressed his happiness after Egypt secured three points against Nigeria and moved much closer to securing qualification to the African Cup of Nations.

Following Chad’s withdrawal from the qualification phase, only the winner of the group would be allowed to qualify from Group G.

Hector Cúper spoke in the press conference after the match.

“I am very happy that we are on the verge of qualification to the African Cup of Nations. I am especially proud of managing this group of players who fought on the pitch for 90 minutes to secure the win for Egypt,” said Cúper.

The Egypt manager also highlighted the difference in performance between the first and second half.

“We played very well in the first half. The second half was not as good as the first, but that normally happens when you come against a tough opponent like . We threatened the Nigerian goal with many counter-attacks, but were unlucky to finish them. We also could have easily conceded a goal during the match.

Despite his form at club level with Braga in Portgual, Cúper also spoke about excluding Ahmed Hassan ‘Koka’ from the match squad.

“Hassan is a very good player, but I only choose players based on what I need in the match at hand. Tactically, I did not need  Koka today.

“We should all be happy now that we are on the verge of qualification although we know that we made a lot of mistakes that we will work on fixing in the upcoming period,” the Argentine manager concluded.

  1. gogi

    March 30, 2016 at 1:13 PM

    Koka would’ve been perfect in that match. Seriously, Cúper is an extremely bad coach who seems to chose players randomly. I mean, how the hell could someone completely overlook Ali Ghazal?

    • Chris

      March 31, 2016 at 3:08 AM

      Seriously? The man just outfoxed Nigeria and is on the cusp of Egypt’s first AFCON qualification in almost 7 years. I’d be singing his praise if I were Egyptian. Incidentally I’m Nigerian and would like to congratulate Egypt on a deserved victory.

      • gogi

        March 31, 2016 at 9:48 PM

        Thanks Chris! I love Nigeria and your national team. Always enjoy to see them play. But honestly, I think that both of the teams played very badly. The general condition of African football is pretty bad the last few years but I feel there’s a slow uphill trend. And really bad luck for you that Chad resignated otherwise you’d have had a good chance to qualify, too.

        • Chris

          April 1, 2016 at 12:55 AM

          Yes @gogi….the decision by Chad to withdraw was a very bad one for us. I hope that CAF will punish them very severely. But quite frankly, some of us were not surprised at our inability to qualify. We are on our 3rd Manager in 8 months. No national team can perform well in such circumstances. I wish we had the Egyptian football federation running our football. All our football problems can be traced back to poor administration and organization. I’ll be supporting Egypt at the AFCON. At least we can claim that we only lost to one of the best in the continent. :)

  2. Nader

    March 30, 2016 at 3:14 PM

    Great News: Egypt will be in Drawing Pot 1 for the World Cup 2018 Qualifying Phase 3, unless Tunisia/other Teams play and win Friendlies against other Heavyweights before May 31st.

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