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World Cup dream became nearly impossible: Egypt Coach
Coach Bradley admits insurmountable task for Egypt in second-leg of World Cup play-off following Tuesday's 6-1 defeat in Ghana
Mohamad Mosselhi , Tuesday 15 Oct 2013
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Pharaohs' coach Bob Bradley (Photo: Reuters)

Coach Bob Bradley says Egypt's dream of reaching the World Cup is almost out of sight after a 6-1 loss to Ghana in the first-leg of the World Cup play-off on Tuesday. 

"Our dream of qualifying for the World Cup has become nearly impossible," Bob Bradley said in the post-match news conference. 

"But we still have a chance in the second leg. I will try to work on the players," he briefly added.

The Pharaohs will host Ghana on 19 November in the second leg of the World Cup play-off. 

The American Coach apologised to the Egyptian people, saying he takes responsibility for the heavy defeat.

"I apologise to the Egyptian people for Tuesday's loss. I know that reaching the World Cup is the dream of all Egyptians, and I failed to realise that dream."

Bradley said his men were all out of form during Tuesday's clash. 

"I tried to mix young and experienced players, but we committed a lot of mistakes during the game. It was not our day."

"I sought a recovery in the second half but the players' mistakes were numerous," he added.

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abib
20-10-2013 05:44am
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chest beating strutting Ghana is not a fifa favourite hence "the lesson" with uruguay which clearly ghana was supposed to win yet how can that be scientifically proven when there is no evidence to suggest Rigging?! its questionable that bob will be coaching the next game but really ghana is Arrogant enough to beat Themselves and if bradley heard our words he would figure the Psychology of ghana and watch them unravel by a 9-0 score in egypts favour! but hes correct as well this being nearly impossible. only figuring out the psychology of ghana and breaking the achilles swiftly can the team beat a more physical aggressive and especially arrongant ghana side. it actually still can be done but a hill none of us would attempt to climb. good luck egypt
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space1
19-10-2013 05:15am
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defence and goalkeeping errors
Lets be positive and concentrate on the game, on the 19th, Mr Bradley has to find a way of sorting out the defence and goalkeeping problem, and create a formidable attack. It"s very possible to get the result, the team needs to qualify for world cup, and restore pride. This would test the quality of Mr Bradley, never give up hope.
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freemantle
16-10-2013 05:22pm
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predictable
Yes, the coach carries a part of the responsibility, but it amuses me how the players' responsibilities are rarely mentioned in these cases.
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Issah Grusi
16-10-2013 01:30am
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Bob Bradley, a Man of Big Heart
Folks, I must say that Bob Bradley is a man of big heart and he would have been hard to knock out if he was a boxer. He would quit a fight only under extreme circumstances. I read Bob Bradley's comments both before and after the match and I must admit I have been left totally bemused by Bob Bradley's comments suggesting that Egypt still has a chance of realizing the dream of Brazil 2014. Immediately after the game there's me thinking coach Bradley is going to recommend to the Egyptian FA to cancel the return leg sighting the current political situation in Egypt as an excuse to save some face because another hiding like this infront of the Egyptian people won't be a good thing for Egyptian football but instead from his comments it looks like he is still harboring the hope that Egypt could go through. This is a pure mother's love for her children. If Bob Bradley won't throw in the towel let someone from the Egyptian FA do it because Egypt deserves much better than this. Egypt is one of the most feared footballing nations in the whole of Africa, they have won the African Nations Cup unprecedented 7 times and they shouldn't get a hiding like this from any other country, Brazil included. We all know the current political situation is not ideal for football so I am appealing to former Egyptian greats like Hossam Hussein to speak up and halt this massacre. Hossam Hussein, one of the finest strikers on the continent at his prime incidentally was part of the Egyptian team that lost 1-0 to Ghana in that 1992 African Nations Cup group match that I mentioned in my earlier comment on this site. Unfortunately Hossam Husseien got injured earlier in the match and was substituted. If my memory serves me right the current Ghana coach Kwasi Appiah was part of the Ghana team that defeated Egypt that day. To sum up, my advice to our good friends the Egyptian people: remember we live to fight another day. A word to a wise is enough. Long live Egypt, long live Ghana!!
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mozie
15-10-2013 10:28pm
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Bradley failed because of his lack of tactical knowledge
Mr Bradley you failed us because you dont have any tactical knowledge, your player selection was wrong. How can we go in 3-1 at half time, then allow another three to go in the second half, your judgement is poor, the ghana game was a two leg match or did you forget this. We could have made it tight and even if we had lost 2-1 we would be the favorites in Egypt.. but no you went typical american gun-ho style with no defensive cover
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kweku
16-10-2013 09:43am
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true talk
u have spoke right. the coach make a huge strategic error. he grossly underestimated ghana and has paid a big price.
Another4years
15-10-2013 11:03pm
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Players only too blame
You can only blame the players

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