Salah can play for any top club – Cuper

Egypt coach, Hector Cuper stated on Wednesday that Liverpool forward, Muhamed Salah has the quality to play in any top side in the world including World champions, Real Madrid.

“Salah is a very good player who has the ability to play for Real Madrid without doubt,” Spanish magazine Marca quoted Cuper while speaking at the Dubai Globe Soccer Award on Wednesday.

After a spectacular start to his Liverpool career, various reports have been linking Spanish champions, Real Madrid with the Egyptian.

The former Chelsea player has been the star-man for the Reds this season as he has outperformed Brazilian, Philippe Coutinho and Senegalese, Sadio Mane having notched 15 goals in 20 appearances for them so far.

He also has five goals in six games in the UEFA Champions League to help the Anfield club reach the knock-out stage for the first time in many years.

Earlier this month, Real Manager, Zinedine Zidane expressed his love for the left-footed winger after reporters questioned him about Real’s interest in the forward.

“He is a great player; he has shown that in Rome and now in Liverpool,” said the former Ballon d’Or winner.

“He grows and gets better. He is young and can give even more to football. He is a player that I appreciate a lot.”


Mohamed Elneny credits coach Egyptian coach Hector Cuper for World Cup qualification – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa

Mohamed Elneny of Egypt celebrates goal during the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations Finals Afcon Final match between Egypt and Cameroon at the Libreville in Gabon on 5 February 2017 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

Phumzile Ngcatshe

Friday Nov 17, 2017. 14:00

Egyptian international midfielder Mohamed Elneny says their fans deserve to be happy after the Pharaohs returned to the FIFA World Cup.

Elneny spoke to the Arsenal official website stressing that Egypt’s fans deserved the recent hard-fought achievement of reaching the upcoming World Cup after a 27 years absence from the tournament.

The 25-year-old midfielder began his international career in 2011 and was a key member of Egypt’s qualifying squad.

“I am Mohamed Elneny and I’m going to tell you all about football in Egypt,” said the midfielder.

“In Egypt, football affects so many people. We are told all the time that the relationship between the people and football affects our economy and overall mood. It affects every house, rich and poor.

“When the national team wins, everyone is happy and productive, but when we lose the opposite happens no one wants to work and the mood becomes not good.

“The generation before us won three African Cup of Nations in a row (2006,2008 and 2010), played in the Confederations Cup, and they achieved so many things.

“They did everything but they didn’t qualify for the World Cup.

“I think we learned from that and our manager Mr. Hector Cuper looked into that too and managed to fix few things. This doesn’t mean that previous generation was doing it wrongly.

“Now we did it and reached the World Cup. We worked hard, and the manager had a plan all the way in the qualifiers and finally we achieved the target.”

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Hector Cuper to stay as coach unless Egypt hire Pep Guardiola – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa

Phumzile Ngcatshe

Monday Oct 09, 2017. 15:30

Although media reports suggested that Egypt coach Hector Cuper was set to vacate his position as the Pharaohs mentor, he says he will stay put.

The Argentine manager led the North Africans to their first World Cup qualification after 28 years when they beat Congo 2-1 on Sunday.

Cuper confirmed that he’ll remain in his position at the 2018 FIFA World Cup unless the Egyptian Football Association appoints Manchester City coach Pep Guardiola.

Despite coming under fire for his defensive playing style, he also believes the coach’s perspective is different from that of the fans.

“I’m very happy in Egypt. I’m happy with the celebrations I saw after qualifying for the World Cup,” Cuper said after the game.

“We achieved our target at the end, which is qualifying for the World Cup. I know there is criticism over the playing style, but this is what I chose for the team and it has helped us achieve our dream.

“If someone sees the need to hire a new coach with an offensive style, then no problem, I’ll leave.

“I’ll guide Egypt in the World Cup, unless the Egyptian Football Association decide to appoint Guardiola.”

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Reaching Russia in 2018 is stressing out Egypt coach Hector Cuper – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers

Phumzile Ngcatshe

Wednesday Oct 04, 2017. 16:30

The Red Devils of Congo will invade Alexandria this weekend hoping to cause an upset by beating Egypt on Sunday in a 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier.

The encounter between the two nations is huge and coach Hector Cuper admits the challenge to reach the world’s biggest football tournament is stressing him out.

Speaking to AhramOnline, Cuper says life is full of stress but facing the task to reach Russia next year is the most stressful time in his life.


Despite the pressure, Cuper said he is confident the Pharaohs are well prepared for the upcoming clash with Congo.

“The challenge is stressful, of course. I am taking hypertension medicine due the stress I suffer from the continuing criticism,” said Cuper.

“Life is full of stress, but the challenge of reaching the World Cup is the toughest stress I have faced.”

As the Pharaohs lead Group E with nine points, they need a win to seal their place at the tournament next year.

However, a draw will be enough should Ghana and Uganda play to a draw in the other group match in Kampala on Saturday.

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Hector Cuper calls 14 foreign-based player for Congo clash – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa

Mohamed Elneny of Egypt during the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations Finals football match between Mali and Egypt at the Port Gentil Stadium in Gabon on 17 January 2017 ©Chris Ricco/BackpagePix

Phumzile Ngcatshe

Wednesday Sep 20, 2017. 12:30

Ahead of their 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Congo, Egypt coach Hector Cuper has called up 14 foreign-based players for the encounter.

The Pharaohs mentor has started preparing for the Group E clash set for Sunday, October 8 at Borg El-Arab Stadium in Alexandria.

Egyptian media reports indicated that among those called up again is South African-based Amr Gamal, who joined Bidvest Wits on loan from Al Ahly.


Topping Group E with nine points, the Pharaohs are looking for a victory over Congo to boost their chances of a place in the 2018 World Cup finals in Russia.

If Egypt win the encounter, they will only need Ghana to beat Uganda in their next Group E clash to ensure a place in Russia next year.

Egypt last made it to the World Cup in 1990 and hope to end their 28-year wait with an appearance in Russia.

The 14 foreign-based players

Goalkeepers: Essam El-Hadary (Taawoun, Saudi)

Defenders: Ahmed Elmohamady (Aston Villa, England), Mohamed Abdel-Shafi (Ahly Jeddah, KSA), Ahmed Hegazy (West Bromwich, England), Karim Hafiz (Lens, France)

Midfielders: Mohamed Elneny (Arsenal, England), Mahmoud “Trezeguet” Hassan (Kasimpasa, Turkey), Sam Morsi (Wigan, England), Ramadan Sobhi (Stoke City, England)

Forwards: Mohamed Salah (Liverpool, England), Ahmed Koka (Sporting Braga, Portugal), Mostafa Fathi (Taawoun, Saudi), Mahmoud Kahraba (Ittihad Jeddah, KSA), Amr Gamal (Bidvest Wits, South Africa).

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Cuper hails Onyango’s fine goalkeeping – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa

Phumzile Ngcatshe

Thursday Sep 07, 2017. 13:30

Egypt national team coach Hector Cuper has praised Ugandan goalkeeper Denis Onyango after the Pharaohs’ 1-0 win on Tuesday.

Cuper said the Cranes played a good game and handed the Mamelodi Sundowns keeper the man of the match award.

On the other hand, Cuper defended his choices in team selection and praised the fans after beating the East Africans in the 2018 World Cup qualifiers at home.


Following the victory, the Pharaohs went to the top of Group E again with nine points, two ahead of second-placed Uganda.

The 61-year-old coach also praised the Egyptian fans, estimated at 60,000, who rallied behind the team at Borg El-Arab Stadium.

“Uganda keeper played an excellent game. He’s the Man of the Match and denied us several times,” Cuper said of Onyango.

“I acknowledge the big role of the fans today. They supported us when we started to feel tired.

“We can’t make five or six changes to the starting line up, this might lead to unexpected results. We did what what we thought was right.

“I’ve been working with these players for two and a half years. We chose a certain strategy, which might not be accepted by many people.”

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Cuper calls up Mohamed Awaad ahead of Uganda return – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers

Graeme Jackson

Saturday Sep 02, 2017. 12:00

Hector Cuper has called up Ismaily goalkeeper Mohamed Awaad to replace Essam El-Hadary ahead of Egypt’s return match against Uganda next week.

This is after the veteran gloves-man was injured in Egypt’s 1-0 loss to Uganda in a 2018 World Cup qualifying match in Kampala on Thursday.

Awaad joins the squad ahead of the return game against the Cranes, which will be played at the Borg El Arab Stadium in Alexandria on Tuesday night.

The 25-year-old is one of three ‘keeping options available to Cuper, joining his fellow guards Sherif Ekramy of Al Ahly and Zamalek’s Ahmed El-Shennawy .

Egypt come into the game placed second on the Group E standings, one point behind leaders Uganda.

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Cuper refuses to criticize Egypt players after Uganda defeat – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa

Austin Ditlhobolo

Friday Sep 01, 2017. 13:30

Egypt head coach Hector Cuper remains hopeful following his side’s narrow defeat to Uganda.

The Pharaohs were beaten 1-0 by the Cranes in the 2018 FIFA World Cup Group E qualifier in Kampala, Uganda on Thursday.

“It is easy to criticize players after defeat,” Cuper said on KingFut.

“The (Uganda) match was very difficult and complicated.

The return leg match will be played in Alexandria, Egypt on Tuesday.

“We tried more than one way but we did not manage to score,” the Argentine continued.

“The qualifiers are not over and we still have 9 points (to play for).

“We will try to compensate in the next games and qualify for the World Cup.”

Uganda are now sitting at the top of Group E with seven points – one ahead of second-placed Egypt with three games left.

Ghana and Congo-Brazzaville, who are placed third and fourth respectively on the Group E standings, will clash in Kumasi on Friday.

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Hector Cuper to stay on as Egypt coach – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa

Phumzile Ngcatshe

Tuesday Aug 22, 2017. 13:30

The Egyptian Football Association has backed coach Hector Cuper to stay on in the job until the expiration of his existing contract.

Reports in the country reveal that Cuper will remain in his job until the end of his contract despite a recent loss against Tunisia, EFA member Khaled Latif announced on Monday.

According to Latif, the EFA board members have expressed their confidence in the Argentine coach and wished him to stay on in the role.

“We held a meeting with Egypt national team coach Hector Cuper, in the presence of several EFA members, to discuss his future with the team after the loss against Tunisia in the 2019 African Cup of Nations qualifiers,” Latif said in a radio programme on Monday.


“Cuper will stay on his position as Egypt national team coach, despite the poor result, because we are confident in his ability to lead the team.

“We didn’t discuss anyone replacing Cuper in his post, because the EFA management chose the Argentinean coach by a majority vote.

“Cuper will continue to lead the national team until the end of his contract, regardless of the results of matches in the 2018 World Cup qualifiers.”

The Pharaohs’ last competitive game was against Tunisia in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations Qualifiers in June, when they lost 1-0 at Rades Stadium.

However, Cuper is now preparing his team to face Uganda in the third round of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers on 31 August in Uganda.

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Some Egypt players are suffering from fatigue, says Cuper – 2019 Africa Cup of Nations Qualifiers

Austin Ditlhobolo

Friday Jun 09, 2017. 17:00

Egypt head coach Hector Cuper says some of his players are suffering from fatigue ahead of the North African Derby against Tunisia.

The Argentine tactician also stated that he has already set his starting line-up for their clash with Tunisia at the Stade Olympique de Rades in Rades on Sunday.

This will be their first match in their 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifying campaign and they are part of Group J which also includes Niger and Swaziland.

“I set Egypt’s starting lineup for the game against Tunisia,” Cuper told an Egyptian television programme.

“But I won’t announce it waiting for any unexpected events before the game.

“We suffer a lot in the last friendly game against Tunisia despite we won, moreover they have a new coach that caused more mystery in their tactics,” he added.

“We currently face some difficulties as some players were rested from games while others suffer from fatigue due to matches’ sequence.”

Cuper guided record seven-time African champions Egypt to the 2017 AFCON final where they narrowly lost to Cameroon in Gabon.

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We’re going to Tunisia to win – Hector Cuper – 2019 Africa Cup of Nations Qualifiers

Graeme Jackson

Monday Jun 05, 2017. 17:00

Egypt coach Hector Cuper says his side will head to Tunisia with the ambition of winning their opening group phase match in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers.

The Carthage Eagles will host the Pharaohs in Rades for a Group J clash on Sunday, June 11, with Cuper having named a 25-man squad.

“We will head to Tunisia to win the match,” Cuper said in a press conference on Sunday, as quoted by KingFut.

“We realise that preparing our players for the match might be a bit hard as Egyptian players abroad finished the season a while ago, however, I trust our players’ enthusiasm and determination.”

Cuper took Egypt to a runners-up finish at the AFCON in Gabon earlier this year but insists that gives them no advantage ahead of their match against North African rivals.

“We need to be realistic and focused when competing with the Eagles of Carthage,” he added.

The other Group J match sees Niger host Swaziland on Saturday, June 10.

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Cuper announces 15 local players for AFCON qualifier – 2019 Africa Cup of Nations Qualifiers

Phumzile Ngcatshe

Wednesday May 31, 2017. 11:00

Egypt national team coach Hector Cuper has called up 15 local-based players as they prepare to face Tunisia in the upcoming 2019 CAF Africa Cup of Nations Qualifiers.

The clash is scheduled for June 11 and the coach announced his squad on Tuesday – the players are set to join a closed camp in preparation for the clash against their neighbours.

Cuper’s men are in Group J alongside Tunisia, Niger and Swaziland and the Pharaohs will hope to book their ticket to Cameroon.

Al Ahly duo in Hossam Ashour and Amr Gamal have returned to the squad following a long absence from the international scene.

Meanwhile, the preparatory camp is set to start on 4 June, six days before the important game.

The announcement comes after 10 foreign-based players were called up for the clash.

Egypt squad of local-based players:

Goalkeepers: Essam El-Hadary (Degla), Sherif Ekrami (Ahly), Ahmed El-Shenawy (Zamalek)

Defenders: Ahmed Hegazy (Ahly), Saad Samir (Ahly), Rami Rabia (Ahly), Ali Gabr (Zamalek), Ahmed Fathi (Ahly)

Midfielders: Tarek Hmaed (Zamalek), Mostafa Fathi (Zamalek), Mahmoud “Kahraba” Abdel-Moneim (Zamalek), Hossam Ashour (Ahly), Abdallah El-Said (Ahly)

Strikers: Amr Gamal (Ahly), Ahmed El-Sheikh (Maqassa)

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