The Egypt boss talked about his side’s preparation for the Africa Cup of Nations and what his choices for the squad are.
will begin in a week on January 9 and will continue until February 6.Egypt
are going to faceNigeria
in their opening game on January 11.
’s side will start AFCON with a 25-man squad that went through some surprising changes as Zamalek midfielder Tarek Hamed and Al Ahly’s Mohamed Magdy Afsha were excluded.
When quizzed about why he decided to exclude them, the Egypt national team boss revealed that the ones he picked are the best for the competition.
“After 40 years of experience in my career, during which I coached many teams, I learned that the team is more important than the players, we bring the best solutions, the best group of players,” Queiroz said in his press conference
“My responsibility is to choose the best team, so I have to choose the players to form one player, which is the team. I’m talking about the team and not about a specific player
“I can talk about how we chose the players, we have followed the players and have had camps since last September, we have analyzed the teams and the players, we have studied every detail about the players, we have reports on everything about the national team.
“So according to the rules, we had to choose 40 players at first. We announced them, then we followed the players again and gathered more information. We know the size of the Africa Cup of Nations and the level of the competitors. We will face strong teams, teams with many players in Europe, 24 players who can decide the match and make difficult decisions,” Queiroz continued.
“We discussed everything with the technical staff, we had to pick players who can create a harmonious team with a strong mentality to fight for victory, so we had to make some decisions.
“There are many players in Egypt, we chose in the end 25 players, I mentioned only two names, but I also did not call-up Ahmed Refaat, Ahmed Yassin and others. I can only call up 25 players.
“We won’t say why they weren’t called-up, but I can say why I chose others such as Amr El-Sulya, Omar Marmoush, Mohamed Salah, and Mahmoud Trezeguet.
“It’s because I believe that these 25 players will be able to build a strong and cohesive team that plays good football and is able to win and fight for it and has a strong mentality.
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