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Egypt should focus on young players: Spain coach Del Bosque

The Spaniard sees young players as key to a bright future for Egypt

Karim Farouk, Monday 13 May 2013
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Vicente Del Bosque (Photo: Reuters)
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Spain coach Vicente Del Bosque believes that the Pharaohs should invest in their young players to restore the team's former glory.

Speaking in Cairo as a guest of honour during a CAF symposium analysing the 2012 and 2013 Africa Cup of Nations, he said the competitions had missed some African teams like Egypt and Cameroon.

"Egypt should work on younger players and prepare them to be brought into the senior team in order to get back to the continental theatre," the 2010 World Cup winner and 2008 and 2012 European champion said.

However, the former Real Madrid legend refused to give any advice to Egypt's manager Bob Bradley, saying the latter knows best about his team.

The seven-time African champions were stunned during the qualifiers and missed the 2012 and 2013 editions just after achieving an unprecedented treble in 2006, 2008 and 2010 under the helm of coach Hassan Shehata.

American tactician Bob Bradley took over in November 2011 and has already injected a lot of young players such as FC Basel winger Mohamed Salah, 20, and teammate Mohamed El-Neny, 21, as well as Fiorentina defender Ahmed Hegazy, 21, Zamalek keeper Ahmed El-Shenawy, 21, and Ahly defender Rami Rabiea, 21.

Egypt are leading their group in the 2014 World Cup qualifiers with a maximum of 9 points after three games, five ahead of second-placed Guinea.

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