Egypt coach blasts referee

Egypt coach blasts referee
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by Phumzile Ngcatshe

Thursday Dec 03, 2015. 11:20

In the wake of their hard fought 2-2 draw against Nigeria on Wednesday in the U23 Africa Cup of Nations tournament, Egypt coach Hossam E-Badry has lashed out at the Cameroonian referee, Antoine Essouma.

Although it was 2-0 at the interval in favour of the Nigerians, the Pharaohs came back to salvage a point but the coach is quoted by KingFut saying bad refereeing let them down.

“We went through a healing process after the game and we are now concentrating on our final group game against Mali which is very critical to our position in the group,” said the coach.

“The scenario we faced in this game was a very weird one because of the poor decisions from the referee.


“We want fair judgement. We were always in praise of the African referees and then these things happen and they take us back to step one again.”

El-Badry has 18 international caps for the Pharaohs and played in the Olympic games Qualifier in Moscow in 1980, he also pointed out that the players lacked concentration and were hasty with their opportunities due to the scenario of the game.

However, he praised his charges for their efforts in their comeback to frustrate the Samson Siasia’s side.

In their opening tie, Egypt drew 1-1 against rivals, Algeria and now occupy the third spot with two points from two games.

They will now meet Mali who are already out of the tournament having lost their two opening games and for them to qualify for the semi finals, Egypt must grab a win and boost their hopes of reaching Brazil for the Olympics next year.

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