Wednesday Jan 12, 2022. 16:00
Egypt coach Carlos Queiroz admits they were second bests against Nigeria and there is no excuse for a giant like The Pharaohs’ to have produced a poor display on Tuesday.
“The performance in the first-half was very poor, and that’s the truth, we weren’t on the pitch,” Queiroz told beIN Sport in a post-match interview.
“We only started playing in the second-half. There’s no clear reason behind this failure and defeat against Nigeria.”
This was Egypt’s first opening day loss since AFCON 2002 when Senegal also beat them by the same margin.
Egypt rebounded in their next two group stage matches but made a quarterfinal exit after losing 1-0 to Cameroon who went on to retain their title.
“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,” Queiroz said.
Egypt face Guinea Bissau in their penultimate Group D match on January 15 at the same venue in a fixture they must win to keep their top two finishers’ hopes alive for them to secure an automatic last 16 place.