The Head Coach of the Egyptian National Football team, the Pharaohs, Hector Cuper has attributed Egypt’s qualification to the Russia 2018 World Cup to hard work and philosophy of play.
Egypt ended their 28 year old wait for World cup appearance after amassing 12 points with 11goals in Group E.
Egypt held their rivals Ghana to a one–one draw in the last World Cup qualifiers at Cape Coast Stadium last Sunday despite booking a ticket to the World Showpiece next year.
After the game, the 59-year old Argentine, Coach Cooper admitted his ignorance on why Egypt hasn’t qualified the past two decades however, he was focused on his era as coach of the Pharaohs.
“I can’t explain why for the past years they have not been able to qualify. It may be so many factors I may not be aware of. It is difficult to explain that.”
According to the former Inter Milan Coach, his philosophy of play and the ability to convert players helped him to qualify. “What helped us to qualify was our Philosophy of Play and the strategy of being more defensive. We also converted quite a number of players to take up different roles in the team”, he revealed.
Egypt was given an early scare though when they suffered a stunning 1-0 defeat away to Chad in the first leg of the second qualifying round but they rallied back at home to crash their unfancied opponents 4-0 and advance to the final group stage. They ensured neither Ghana nor Uganda overtook them in the Group E Table.
Coach Cooper believes the hard work of his players yielded the positive results. “My players worked very hard in the qualifiers to qualify. They had the hunger to make it to Russia and that helped us to succeed. My players must be commended”, he concluded.
Hector Cooper was appointed coach of the 7 times AFCON Winners, Egypt, after American Bob Bradley quit the job in 2013.
Source: ATL FM Sports