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Egypt Olympic coach Ramzy offers advice to Brazil’s Neymar

Following a 2-3 Thursday night loss to the south Americans, Egypt’s U-23 coach Hany Ramzy says Brazilian highly-rated forward Neymar “should play more for the team”

Hatem Maher, Friday 27 Jul 2012
Brazil's Neymar looks on as Egypt's Mahmoud Alaa Eldin (R) jumps for the ball during their men's Group C football match at the London 2012 Olympic Games in the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff (Photo: Reuters)

Egypt coach Hany Ramzy has criticised Brazil forward Neymar following the Pharaohs’ narrow 3-2 defeat by the gold medal favourites in their opening Olympic Games clash on Thursday.

Neymar, who is one of the world’s most sought-after players, scored Brazil’s third goal with a header as the Selecao went to the locker room with a comfortable three-goal advantage.

Egypt rallied in the second half to score two goals but failed to secure a share of the spoils.

“I think for sure he’ll make a high living, but I think Neymar needs to play more for the team,” Ramzy told reporters following the game, which took place at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff.

“Sometimes I have the feeling that he just plays for himself, just to show himself that he’s a big talent. I think he’s young and he’s going to learn this and he could play more for the team.”


Ramzy, a prominent and versatile defender in the 1990s and early 2000s, believes Egypt deserved at least a draw in Thursday’s encounter.

Egypt, who were playing their first Olympic game in 20 years, took heart from the inspirational display of Basel’s newly-signed attacking midfielder Mohamed Salah, whose second-half introduction made the difference.

“We would have produced a better result had we avoided the mistakes of the first half,” Ramzy said, referring to recurring defensive blunders which allowed Brazil to take a firm a grip on the game before the break.

“This is football, we have to learn from our mistakes. I was proud of my team, especially in the second half.”

Egypt New Zealand in their second Group C game on Sunday at Manchester United’s Old Trafford Stadium. New Zealand lost 1-0 to Belaurs in their opening game on Thursday.


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