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Tunisia coach to file complaint against Egypt's Aguirre over 'inappropriate gesture'

Ahram Online , Friday 16 Nov 2018
Mourad Okbi
Tunisian coachs Maher Kanzari (L) and Mourad Okbi (C) look on during the Africa Cup of Nations qualifier football match Egypt vs Tunisia at the Borg El Arab Stadium, near Alexandria, on November 16, 2018 (AFP)
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Tunisia's interim coach Mourad Okbi said he would file a complaint against Egypt boss Javier Aguirre over an inappropriate gesture the Mexican made during their African Cup of Nations qualifier in Alexandria on Friday.

Television cameras caught Aguirre making an obscene arm gesture after Mahmoud Trezeguet scored a first-half equaliser in an exciting match, which Egypt won 3-2 via a stoppage-time strike from Mohamed Salah.

"We will lodge an official complaint against Aguirre because of the gesture that was shown on television, it's an inappropriate gesture," Okbi told the post-match news conference.

Egypt fell to an early goal from Naim Sliti but turned the match on its head with a deflected shot from livewire winger Trezeguet and a close-range header from central defender Baher El-Mohamadi either side of the interval.

However, Sliti netted again after a defensive blunder to restore parity, only for the ever-reliable Salah to settle the tie into Egypt's favour in typical fashion after chipping the keeper following a neat exchange with substitute Salah Mohsen.

"The result favours Egypt, but we played well. We wasted a chance towards the end and we conceded the third goal immediately after," Okbi said.

"But we were not good defensively and that's why we lost tonight."

Egypt are joint top with Tunisia on 12 points but the latter look favorites to finish on top, given their better head-to-head record virtue of the away goals they scored against the Pharaohs. Tunisia beat Egypt 1-0 in their opening qualifier in June 2017.

Tunisia meet eSwatini and Egypt play Niger away from home in the last round of games in Group J next March.   

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