CAIRO — Before their crucial matches in their World Cup African qualifying run against Zimbabwe and Mozambique, a war of words has started between Egypt Football Association (EFA)technical staff and many of their veteran players.
Egypt will play against Zimbabwe on June 9 before travelling to play against Mozambique on the 16th.
It started when the head coach Bob Bradley didn’t call Al Ahly player Sayed Moawad to camp despite his good performance with his team, prompting the player to say “the technical staff don’t like me, and I don’t like them either”.
The veteran player Ahmed Hassan, who led Egypt to win three African Cup of Nations titles under the leadership of Hassan Shehata said: “I am doing good with my team Zamalek in the Egyptian league and African Champions League and yet I find myself out of the Pharaohs squad and I can’t believe that.”
On the other hand Bradley was angry after rumbling from the players and said at the EFA Press conference: “They are not professionals. I am the head coach here, and I pick and drop players.
“They didn’t respect their teammates. They have to support the team and not attack us. I bear all responsibilities and I know I called the best players in Egypt,” Bradley added angrily.
Egypt were due to play a friendly match against Botswana last night before traveling to Harare today for their match.