The Egyptian Football Association (EFA) spokesman Azmy Megahed (Photo: Al-Ahram)
The Egyptian Football Association (EFA) spokesman Azmy Megahed has blamed the Muslim Brotherhood group for the collapse of Egyptian football, after the Pharaohs were defeated away in Tunisia.
"I want to say a word for God's truth … The three black jinxed years in the Brotherhood era affected football. The two-three years of stoppage affected football," Megahed told an Egyptian television programme Wednesday after the national team failed to reach the finals of the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations (CAN).
The Egyptian Premier League season was cancelled midway twice for security reasons. The first stoppage was during the rule of the Supreme Council of Armed Forces (SCAF) in February 2012, following the Port Said Stadium disaster when 72 Ahly fans died following clashes with rivals Masry, five months before the Muslim Brotherhood's Mohamed Morsi was elected Egyptian president.
The second league cancellation was in July 2013, under Interim President Adly Mansour, days after the ouster of Morsi, ending his one-year presidency, amid wide protests against his regime.
"The current generation is subpar. The players' levels are way under the generation who gained the 2006, 2008 2010 Africa Cup of Nations (titles)," the longtime EFA spokesman added.
The Pharaohs failed to qualify for three successive Africa Cup of Nations championships: in 2012 under the leadership of Hassan Shehata; in 2013 under American coach Bob Bradley; and 2015 under Shawky Gharib.
The three successive championship titles run was under the guidance of Shehata during the Hosni Mubarak regime.
"The association will hold a meeting 26 November to decide the roadmap for the future of Egyptian football. We will be targeting the World Cup. We won enough African championships." Megahed added.
Egypt holds a record of seven African Cups, but only qualified for the World Cup twice, in 1934 and 1990.
Gharib is expected to be sacked after the Equatorial Guinea CAN championship disqualification. EFA President Gamal Allam has suggested hiring a foreign coach.
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