Ramzy says Egypt seeking 'redemption of respect' against Tunisia; explains Sobhi’s exclusion

Ahmad Hassan, Tuesday 23 Oct 2018

Egypt's assistant Coach Hany Ramzy (AP)

Egypt’s assistant coach Hany Ramzy has said the Pharaohs will seek 'redemption of respect' when the Pharaohs take on the Carthage Eagles in the 2019 African Cup of Nations qualifiers on 16 November.

The Pharaohs suffered a 0-1 defeat against Tunisia when both teams met on 6 December last year in Rades in the first round of the qualifiers.

“Since day one, [coach Javier] Aguirre stressed that we have a target which is qualifying on the top of the group and that’s why we look forward to achieving victory over Tunisia especially after losing to them in the first round,” Ramzy told an Egyptian TV channel.

He also said that the reason behind the exclusion of Huddersfield Town’s winger Ramadan Sobhi was due to the player not yet having recovered his full technical and physical fitness.

“Ramadan didn’t participate with his team. He might have recovered from injury but Huddersfield’s coach may give him some more time to regain full fitness. As a result, we saw that it will be difficult for him to be part of the game against Tunisia,” Ramzy said.

Ramzy stressed that Sobhi is a good player who used to be pivotal for the team, but his lack of participation with Huddersfield reflects that he is not fully ready.

When asked about Abdallah El-Said, Ramzy said “We prefer to rely on the same overseas-based group of players who were called for the last three games.”

Egypt have played three games under Aguirre since his appointment, scoring 12 goals and conceding only one to win three games in a row and secure their qualification for the 2019 African cup of Nations in Cameroon.

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