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Togo coach Le Roy blames referee after 3-0 loss to Egypt

Ahram Online , Tuesday 28 Mar 2017
Claude Le Roy
File photo: Claude Le Roy looks on during quarter-final soccer match of the 2015 African Cup of Nations against Democratic Republic of Congo in Bata January 31, 2015 (Reuters)

Togo coach Claude Le Roy blamed Egyptian referee Mohamed Al-Hanafi for the 3-0 defeat his side suffered in a friendly game against the Pharaohs in Alexandria on Tuesday.

Egypt scored three goals after the break following a goalless first half to cruise to an easy victory at the Borg El-Arab Stadium in their first match since finishing as runners-up at the African Cup of Nations last month.

Saudi-based winger Mahmoud Kahraba opened the scoring four minutes after the restart when he robbed defender Vincent Bossou on the edge of the area to go clear and place a low shot into the bottom corner with aplomb.

Veteran boss Le Roy, who led Cameroon to the 1988 Nations Cup title, argued that his side should have been awarded a free kick on Bossou.

"The referee did a huge mistake in the first goal. Things were good in the first half but at 1-0, it was easy for Egypt," Le Roy told OnSport following the match.

Playmaker Ahmed El-Sheikh, who made his Egypt debut, doubled the lead on 56 minutes when his angled free kick eluded everyone and nestled into the corner of the net.

Arsenal's Mohamed Elneny completed the rout eight minutes later when he broke clear after a long ball from Wigan Athletic midfielder Sam Morsy.

His initial shot was blocked by the advancing keeper but a defender's attempted clearance fell at his feet again to blast a powerful drive into the empty net from inside the area.

Egypt's next competitive game will be against Tunisia in June in their opening Group J clash of the 2019 Nations Cup qualifiers. The group also includes Niger and Swaziland.

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