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EFA hails Egypt boss Cuper, offers Pharaohs full support

Gamal Allam says that Hector Cuper made a perfect formation from both local and foreign-based Egyptian players in record time

Ahram Online , Saturday 28 Mar 2015
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The Egyptian Football Association (EFA), Chief Gamal Allam (Photo: Al-Ahram)
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Egyptian Football Association (EFA) President Gamal Allam has hailed Egypt's new coach, Hector Cuper, after his perfect start with the Pharaohs, promising the national team full support in the future.

The Argentinean boss claimed his first win at the Egypt helm after Thursday's 2-0 friendly win over Equatorial Guinea in a game that seemed as though it was heading for a goalless draw at Cairo's Petrosport Stadium.

"Cuper quickly managed to put his own impact on the players' performance in just five days of trainings. He made a perfect formation, from both local and foreign-based players, in a record time," Allam was quoted as saying by EFA's official website late Friday.

"The EFA board will offer full support to the national team in the coming period," he added.

Cuper, who twice led Valencia to a runners-up spot in the UEFA Champions League, has been tasked with helping record seven-time African champions Egypt reach the Africa Cup of Nations finals.

The Pharaohs have been uncharacteristically failing to achieve what used to be a routine qualification, missing out on the last three African Cup editions since last winning the title in 2010.

The Egyptian Premier League has been on hold since last month's Air Defense Stadium tragedy, which saw 20 Zamalek fans die in a stampede after being teargassed by security forces ahead of a game with ENPPI.

With the domestic competition set to resume 30 March, Cuper will now be hopeful of widening his selection criteria following a near six-week stoppage. 

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