Monday Aug 02, 2021. 10:00
Egypt U-23 coach Shawky Gharib has expressed his pride at the team’s efforts at the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympic Games.
The Young Pharaohs exited the Men’s Football competition at the quarterfinal stage after suffering a 1-0 defeat at the hands of reigning champions Brazil this past weekend.
Matheus Cunha scored the only goal of the game at the Saitama Stadium to see the South Americans progress through to a semifinal against Mexico on Tuesday. The other semi sees Spain (who dramatically beat the Ivory Coast 5-2 after extra time) take on hosts Japan.
“I thank you for your effort throughout the tournament. You did a great job,” Gharib was quoted by King Fut.
“We’re out of the Olympics, but against a team that is favourite to win the gold medal, so don’t worry about anything.
“We will not sit here and talk about what we would have done if we faced another team. You fought until the last seconds and we could have equalised until the last minute or even conceded a second goal.
“Now your career with the Olympic team is over, so don’t lose contact with your friends, and if anything happened between you during the match just forget about it and look to the future. You will now become members of the first team and I wish you success.”
Star player Ramadan Sobi took to Instagram to thank supporters and Egypt’s coaching staff at the Games.
“Thank you to all the Egyptian fans for the support for the team from the beginning of the tournament, and I very much appreciate your sadness after we left the Olympics,” Sobhi wrote.
“Thank you Shawky Gharib, the technical, administrative and medical staff for all your efforts and support over the past years, God willing, the next is better.”