Queiroz declines to comment on exclusion of players from Egypt squad

Karim Farouk , Monday 4 Oct 2021

Egypt's new coach Carlos Queiroz has refused to give any explanation about the exclusion of some players from the team before Libya’s double-header in the World Cup qualifiers on 8 and 11 October.

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“I will never speak about individuals, I always say that there is only one player I talk about and it’s the Egypt team as a whole,” the 68-year-old Portuguese tactician said.

Queiroz surprisingly dropped from his 24-man squad the league’s top scorer Mohamed Sherif, who hit a brace against Liberia 2-0 in a friendly game last Thursday, and Ahly’s playmaker Mohamed “Afsha” Magdi, who has been a key player for the Pharaohs over the past two years.

“Egypt is very lucky to have such a remarkable generation of players in every area of the pitch.

“We had only five days to prepare for the game against Libya. It is a strong team that is now at the top of the group, but we studied them well and know their strengths and weaknesses,” he said.

The seven-time African Champions have struggled to make an impact in these qualifiers as they barely defeated Angola 1-0 at home before being held to a 1-1 draw by Gabon in Libreville. They fell two points behind the North African leaders, who claimed the full six points from their opening two games.

Queiroz is hoping to make a successful debut in order to fire the team to the top and win this group stage campaign and head to the playoffs, the third and final phase of the qualifiers.

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