Egypt's coach Hector Cuper reacts during the FIFA World Cup 2018 group A preliminary round soccer match between Russia and Egypt
Saturday Jun 23, 2018. 15:00
Outspoken Zamalek boss Mortada Mansour has lashed out at national team coach Hector Cup for their failure to reach the knockout stages of the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
Mansour has heavily criticised Cuper after what he described as the 'failure' of the Pharaohs in their first World Cup since 1990.
The Pharaohs succumbed to two losses so far, to Uruguay and Russia, but will face Suadi Arabia in their final Group A match on Monday.
"We all watched the Russia game. I told you from the outset that Cuper’s leadership would be fruitless while all Egypt was cheering for him. I told you he is a failure," stated the 66-year-old to AhramOnline.
"Cuper intentionally ignored tens of talented players like Awad, Ginnesh, Moemen Soliman, Walid Soliman, Hossam Ashour, Moemen Zakareya and many others.
"Mohamed Salah can’t play in all positions. Cuper over-stressed him. It's the easiest round of the tournament. We are better than Uruguay. And what is team Russia? Have you even heard of them before?.
"Don't try to claim the artists delegation jinxed the result, and blame them for the failure."
Egypt sit third in the group with zero points, above the bottom-placed Saudis who have conceded more goals in their opening two matches.