IT’S THE PITCH…Egypt blames early exit on ‘bad’ Heroes Stadium, weather
By sports correspondent
EGYPT says “the bad weather” and state of the Heroes Stadium are to blame for it’s first round exit from the ongoing Under 20 African Cup of Nations.
The junior Pharaohs were outclassed by superb Zambian side in their final group A match, beating them 3-1 and subsequently eliminating them from the tournament.
They drew their opening game 0-0 against Mali in the Heroes Stadium before recording another draw against Guinea at the same venue three days later.
Egypt coach Gamal Abdelaziz said in a post match interview that bad weather and state of the pitch cost his lads.
He said his players had difficulties performing on a wet pitch seen in all their matches.
“I do not want to blame the the referee for our loss but the bad pitch and weather conditions were not good for us so we suffered because of this,” said Abdelaziz.
Three second half goals, a brace by Patson Daka and one by Fashion Sakala overturned Egypt’s first half lead and sent them packing.
Zambia coach Beston Chambeshi saluted his team for the performance and commended President Edgar Lungu and the fans for cheering the junior Chipolopolo boys.
Zambia and Guinea progressed from Group A with the latter qualifying for the FIFA U-20 World Cup for the first time since 1979.