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Egypt's new coach considers different playing style, prioritises discipline

Ahmed Abd El Rasoul , Wednesday 2 Oct 2019
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Egypt's new coach Hossam El-Badry said he was considering changing the playing style of the national team, insisting that fostering discipline was his priority, starting the Pharaohs' first camp later this month.
 
"I am thinking about changing the playing style according to the available players, and we will do that if we have enough time," El-Badry said in an interview with Al-Ahram Al-Riyadi magazine published on Wednesday.
 
"It is necessary to have more than one playing style to face the different challenges in the matches.
 
"Our players are flexible on the tactical level and can adopt different playing styles. We hope we reach the best technical and physical levels quickly," he added.
 
The former Ahly player and coach El-Badry was recently appointed as Egypt's national team manager, succeeding Mexican tactician Javier Aguirre who was sacked after quickly exiting the Africa Nations Cup held home in the 16th round in July.
 
El-Badry is the first Egyptian manager in Egypt's hot seat in four years following Argentinean tactician Hector Cuper (2015-2018) and Javier Aguirre (2018-2019).
 
Discipline a priority
 
Under the helm of El-Badry, the Pharaohs will start a new era this month when they launch a preparatory camp ahead of a friendly game against Botswana on 14 October.
 
During the stints of former coaches Cuper and Aguirre, the national team witnessed several incidents related to lack of discipline in the camps, but El-Badry promises a different kind of commitment.
 
"Surely there will be decisive key factors in shaping our relationship with the players. Re-establishing discipline and commitment at the camps is the most important thing for the time being," the former Olympic team coach said. 
 
"Commitment and discipline are of the utmost importance in and off the pitch. Wearing the national team's jersey is an honour, we should act accordingly," he added.
 
Egypt are competing in the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers alongside the 2022 World Cup qualifiers. The team has not played since the exit from the Africa Cup of Nations held home in July.
 
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