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Egypt coach Rui Vitoria faces criticism after AFCON exit

Posted : 29 January 2024

Egypt's coach, Rui Vitoria, remained tight-lipped about his future following the team's disappointing exit from the Africa Cup of Nations, attributing the early departure to bad luck. The Pharaohs suffered a 1-1 draw against DR Congo, ultimately losing 8-7 on penalties.


Vitoria expressed disappointment, emphasizing that it's not the time for hasty decisions and that they need to carefully consider the team's future goals. Egypt's struggle to secure victories, including a fourth consecutive draw in the tournament, has raised questions about their ability to overcome weaker opponents, exacerbated by an injury to star player Mo Salah.


Despite the disappointing outcome, Vitoria dismissed any notion that Egypt's football prominence has waned, citing the country's illustrious history. He emphasized the need to set foundations for improvement in the future. Former national team defender Wael Gomaa, however, criticized Vitoria and squarely blamed him for the team's failure.


Gomaa accused Vitoria of mishandling the team, bringing out the worst in players, and lacking creativity in dealing with the game. He expressed frustration with the coaching decisions, particularly the ineffective changes made during matches, and called for accountability for everyone involved in what he described as a "farce."


The loss marks a significant setback for Egypt, which had high expectations in the tournament. The criticism directed at Vitoria highlights the intense scrutiny faced by coaches in the aftermath of football disappointments, especially in a football-crazed nation like Egypt.


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