Egypt national team manager, Carlos Queiroz, spoke about his team’s disappointing performance during their loss to Nigeria in the AFCON
Egypt couldn’t have asked for a worse start to the their 2021 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) campaign in terms of both result and performance.
The Pharaohs fell to a 1-0 defeat against Nigeria, thanks to a goal from Kelechi Iheanacho late in the first-half. The Super Eagles were by far the more dangerous side for the entirety of the encounter and could’ve increased the gap if it wasn’t for Mohamed El-Shennawy’s heroic performance.
The game marked Egypt’s first AFCON opener defeat since 2002 when they lost to Senegal 1-0 and their first group-stage defeat when they fell against Algeria in Tunisia.
Egypt now need to beat their remaining Group D opponents, Sudan and Guinea-Bissau, in order to book their spot in the round of 16.
Queiroz admitted that they produced a very weak display and were inferior to Nigeria, but says they need to focus on their upcoming clashes.
“The performance in the first-half was very poor, and that’s the truth, we weren’t on the pitch,” Queiroz told the Media after the game.
“We only started playing in the second-half. There’s no clear reason behind this failure and defeat against Nigeria.
“We lost this match but there are still six points up for grabs against Sudan and Guinea-Bissau in order to qualify from the group,” he concluded.
With this win Nigeria sit on top of Group D as they wait to see the final result between Sudan and Guinea-Bissau tonight.
Egypt have no other choice but to win against Guinea-Bissau next Saturday, before facing Sudan in the final round four days later.