Coach Bradley hands Egypt's players three days' rest

Mahmoud Elassal, Saturday 16 Jun 2012

After the Egyptian national team were defeated at the hands of Central Africa, the Egyptian Football Association's spokesman expresses consternation at 'exhaustion' of players

Egypt players
Egypt players during a training session before CAR game (photo: Bassam Al-Zoghby)

Egypt national team coach Bob Bradley decided Saturday to rest the team players for three days after losing 3-2 to Central Africa in the 2013 African Cup of Nations qualifiers.

Egyptian Football Association (EFA) spokesman Azmi Megahed expressed his disappointment over the defeat on Friday, putting the loss down to the team players.

"We were shocked by what happened in the Central Africa game," Megahed told Ahram Sports Saturday.

"Egypt's players suffered exhaustion and they didn't pay attention to the opponent's superb performance in the game," he added.

"We will hold a meeting with the team's technical staff to launch a forceful preparatory camp before the away game against Central Africa," Megahed stated.

"The football association won't punish the players for losing the game, as we are waiting for their response in the away game," he said.

Egypt's national team are scheduled to face Central Africa in the second leg of the 2013 African Cup of Nations qualifiers 30 June.

The Pharaohs must win the second leg in Bangui by two goals to progress. If they fail they will miss out on the finals for the second tournament in a row.

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