Egypt's players and assistant coach Michel Salgado react after the Pharaohs' 2-0 victory against eSwatini in the 2019 African Cup of Nations qualifiers.
Egypt alongside Tunisia has now booked a place in the upcoming African Cup of Nations finals in Cameroon after beating eSwatini and Niger respectively, with two matches to spare in the qualifiers.
Assistant coach Michel Salgado:
Egypt’s assistant coach Michel Salgado
“Our trip to eSwatini was a difficult and tough one, but we have achieved the 3 points, which was the most important thing for us. Our next mission is to beat Tunisia and top the group,” Salgado told ON Sport TV Channel after the match.
Egypt captain Ahmed Elmohamady:
Egypt's Ahmed Elmohamady
“Today’s win was very important and we will start our preparations for the next game against Tunisia. We all have the will to secure victory against Tunisia and Niger to be in charge of the group. Egypt has high-quality players and Aguirre is a fantastic coach. He adopts strong offensive tactics,” Elmohamady said after the game.
Egypt midfielder Ali Ghazal:
Egypt's Aly Ghazal
“The team have changed with Aguirre as we now play more offensive football. The coach encourages scoring and playing forward, unlike Hector Cuper. Now we have clear and fair criteria for selecting players for the national team, which was not the case before,” Ghazal told a local radio programme.
Egypt attacking midfielder Amr Warda:
Egypt's Amr Warda
“We are making good steps and we do our best to compensate the fans for our World Cup flop. The coach is the one who decides whether I should play as a right-winger, a left-winger or as an attacking midfielder. I just do what he asks me to do,” Warda said.
Egypt goalkeeper Mohamed El-Shennawi:
“I have known Gennesh and Awwad (the team’s other two keepers) for years. They support me when I play and I do when they play. Whoever plays will get everyone’s support but what I am sure about is that all the players have a sense of responsibility,” El-Shennawi told a TV programme.
“It was a difficult game but the performance was good after applying our coach's instructions,” he added about the eSwatini win.
Egypt attacking midfielder Hussein El-Shahat:
Egypt's Hussein El-Shahat
“Securing the win was our main goal, especially that we played away and on a poor-quality pitch. The coach asked me to be the linkage between defence and attack and I was able to do what he asked for. I am satisfied with my performance and what is more important is that the coach is satisfied too,” El-Shahat stated.
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