Following Egypt’s 1-0 loss to Nigeria in their Africa Cup of Nations opener, the former’s head coach Carlos Queiroz has shifted focus onto the remaining two games of Group D.
The record holders put up a below par performance and will need to reorganise ahead of the next game against Guinea Bissau before they play Sudan.
“Our first half performance was very poor, and that is the truth, we were not on the pitch,” Queiroz told beIN Sports TV after the game as quoted by KingFut.
“We only started playing in the second-half. There is no clear reason behind this failure and defeat against Nigeria.”
“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,” the former Manchester United assistant head coach noted.
Leicester City forward Kelechi Iheanacho scored the only goal of the game in the 30th minute, to hand the Pharaohs a start they never dreamt of.
Queiroz will require everyone to step up their game especially in the final two group fixtures if they are to go through to the knockout stage, especially Liverpool star Mohamed Salah.
The English Premier League top scorer did not threaten the Super Eagles’ defence which kept him silent for the entire 90 minutes.
Egypt are now bottom of Group D following a goalless draw between Sudan and Guinea Bissau and they will face the latter next on Saturday, January 15.
How they lined up
Nigeria: Maduka Okoye(GK), William Troost Ekong, Jonas Aribo, Wilfred Ndidi, Ola Aina, Moses Simon, Kelechi Iheanacho, Awoninyi Taiwo, Samuel Chukwueze, Kenneth Omeruo, Zaidu Sanusi
Substitutions: Daniel Akpeyi (GK), Alex Iwobi, Semi Ajayi, Ahmed Musa, Tyrone Ebuehi, Olise Ndah, Kelechi Nwakali, Chidera Eduke, Umar Sadiq, Francis Uzoho, Timothy Awoninyi
Egypt: Mohamed El shenawy (GK), Hamdi Fathi, Mohamed Elneny, Ahmed El Fotouh, Mahmoud Hamdi, Ahmed Hegazy, Omar Marmoush, Mostafa Mohamed, Akram Tawfik, Mohamed Trazeguet, Mohamed Salah(c)
Substitutions: Mohamed Abdelmonem (GK), Mohamed Alaa, Emam Ashour, Ashraf Ayman, Mahmoud Gad, Omar Kamal, Abdallah Said, Mohamed Sheriff, Mohamed Sobhi, Ramathan Sobhi