Egypt Assistant Coach, Diaa Elsayed has congratulated his team on their semi-final win over Cameroon in the on-going 2021 African cup of Nation, AFCON.
The Pharaohs of Egypt had snatched the ticket to the finals after beating hosts Cameroon 3-1 in a penalty shootout due to a goalless draw after extra time.
The 90mins plus extra time played was indeed intense that even the Egyptian coach, Carlos Queiroz was shown a red card for losing his temper on the touchline.
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Speaking in a post-match press conference, Elsayed emphasized that although the team had gotten to the finals, they have not achieved their final goal.
He said, “Each time, the Egyptian team are always favourites to win the tournament. Tonight we played the usual game and we managed to reach the final.
“I will like to thank our coach Carlos Queiroz who was expelled during the game as well as all the players who made the difference with their ardor and grinta throughout the tournament.
“We are happy, it’s true, but we have not yet reached the final objective: the coronation,” he said.
“I can also add that our background is also due to the presence of one of the great players in our training, namely Mohamed Salah.
“A very essential player in our team and who remains the centerpiece for us,” he said.
Also, Man-of-the Match, Mohamed Abdelmoneim praised Salah for his support to the team, adding that he made the difference in a difficult match against a strong Cameroon side.
“It was a good match for us.
“A difficult match against a good Cameroonian team but our team knew how to make the difference with a Mohamed Salah who supported us throughout the match like a great leader.
“Thank God, we succeeded in our penalty shootout to secure a place in the final,” he said