Croatia coach seeks Capital Cup title at expense of Egypt

Ahram Online , Monday 25 Mar 2024

Croatia manager Zlatko Dali expressed his desire to win the Capital Cup title against hosts Egypt, emphasizing the tournament's significance as a preparation step for the upcoming Euro 2024 this summer.

Zlatko Dali
Croatia manager Zlatko Dali during a training session. Photo courtesy of Croatian Football Federation.


Croatia will face Egypt in the Capital Cup final on Tuesday, which will take place in the new 92,000-capacity stadium in the new administrative capital.

"We are determined to win the tournament title in Egypt," Dali stated on Monday, as reported on the Croatian Football Association's official website.

Croatia secured their spot in the final after a penalty shootout victory over Tunisia, although their performance during the match was less than ideal.

On the other hand, Egypt advanced to the final by securing a 1-0 win over New Zealand in the tournament's opening game on Friday.

Dali acknowledged the challenging nature of their match against Tunisia, describing it as tough and highlighting their opponent's mass defense.

He mentioned the team's struggle to create concrete scoring opportunities, which posed a significant problem.

 However, he refrained from blaming his players, commending their best efforts during the game that ultimately led them to qualify for the final.

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