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AFCON 2021: Egypt coach reveals secrets behind team selection ahead of Nigeria clash


Head coach of the Egypt national team, Carlos Queiroz has given an insight into how he prepares and selects his squad ahead of the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations.

Queiroz has already named a 25-man squad for the tournament in Cameroon.

The Pharaohs’ opening match will be against Nigeria on January 10.

Queiroz has left out the likes of Zamalek midfielder Tarek Hamed and Al Ahly’s Mohamed Magdy Afsha.

According to KingFut, the Portuguese coach said: “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.

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