The Pharaohs may solely accept a draw in opposition to the Harambee Stars on Thursday night, leaving the ex-international fuming after the ultimate whistle
Wael Gomaa recommended Egypt gamers fell under the usual of giving their all in Thursday’s 1-1 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in opposition to Kenya.
Needing at the least a draw to qualify for Cameroon 2022, coach Hossam El Badry named a stable XI in opposition to the Harambee Stars – who have been in dire want of victory to spice up their qualification hopes.
They obtained off to a flying begin on the Nyayo Nationwide Stadium, taking a second minute lead by Magdi Kafsha who profited from a Mohamed Hany help – which handed the Egyptians a slim lead into the half-time break.
Nonetheless, Jacob Mulee’s workforce got here out stronger within the second-half and deservedly levelled issues by Hassan Abdallah. Their ambition of securing a comeback win vanished into skinny air as Johnstone Omurwa was given the marching orders for elbowing Mostafa Mohamed in an off-the-ball incident.
Regardless of the numerical benefit, the North Africans have been unable to safe all factors at stake, a consequence that left the Egyptian soccer nice removed from happy with Badry’s aspect efficiency.
“What matches must be gained and which must be performed? Is that this a last? We didn’t win at the moment and didn’t play nicely,” he stated on beIN Sports activities per Kingfut.com.
“I used to be optimistic earlier than the match, however the objective we conceded reveals how unorganized we have been.
“The nationwide workforce has no form. We used to criticize the workforce below former coach Hector Cuper, however at the least there was a defensive form and we performed on the counterattack.
“However at the moment [Thursday], I didn’t see a transparent type of play. The gamers weren’t desperate to play for the Egyptian nationwide workforce and there was no teamwork.
“Sure, I sought excuses for Hossam El-Badry, because of the dearth of coaching camps, however we should see a correct type of play at instances.”
Even on the draw, Egypt are by to the biennial African soccer showpiece for the 26th time. There, they might be gunning for a file eight title.
Their final outing within the 2019 as hosts ended on a bitter observe after crashing out within the Spherical of 16 to South Africa. Thembinkosi Lorch’s 85th minute strike settled the keenly contested affair on the Cairo Worldwide Stadium.