“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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