I feel proud of all of you and thank you so much for everything: Egypt coach Queiroz

Egypt’s national team coach Carlos Queiroz hailed his players’ performance despite losing the African Cup of Nations (AFCON) final to Senegal on Sunday.

Ahmed Abd El Rasoul , Monday 7 Feb 2022,
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Egypt s head coach Carlos Queiroz is pictured during a training session at an annex of the Olembe stadium in Yaounde on February 5, 2022 on the eve of the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations (CAN) final football match between Senegal and Egypt. AFP

The record seven-time African champions lost 4-2 on penalties to the Senegalese team following a 0-0 draw, missing out on a record-extending eighth crown.

“I only have a couple of humble words to share with you from the bottom of my heart. I feel proud of all of you and thank you so much for everything you did for the team,” the Portuguese tactician said via twitter early on Monday.

“You deserve to go home and be regarded as players that wrote together one heroic page in Egypt’s football history. You have my gratitude.”

Egypt will still have a chance to make amends when they clash with Senegal in a decisive two-legged World Cup qualifying playoff next month for a place in the World Cup that will be held in Qatar.

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