Hossam Al-Badry – Mohamed Barakat – Tarek Mostafa – Egypt’s technical staff
The Egyptian national team coach has a lengthy dialogue with the official website of the International Federation of Football “FIFA”, published in two parts. FilGoal.com brings you the first part as stated on the site.
Initially, Al-Badri talked about how he felt about taking over the job of coaching the Egyptian team, saying: “My feeling was wonderful at the time of the negotiations, I waited for this opportunity for a long time, any time I pass by the Football Association headquarters, I thank God for that opportunity, it is an honor for any coach.”
“As a coach, I wanted it because it culminated in my long training career, I just hope that luck will be my ally in this difficult and dear task, too, in my heart.”
He continued, “There were some meetings, I shared my view and working methods, and presented the goals that we want to achieve, the most important of which was qualifying for the next World Cup and the next version of the African Nations Cup, as well as building a team that can continue for years.”
He continued, “The conditions for choosing the coach were set by the Egyptian federation. What I can say is that I had a good CV. My training career started 32 years ago and I won 32 titles, 10 of which as technical manager, 9 with Al-Ahly and one with Sudanese Mars.”
Al-Badri took over the Egyptian national team after two years of absence from the training world, while he headed for administrative work in the Pyramids team for a year and a half.
Hossam El-Badry’s last training stations were from 2016-2018, during which he won two league titles and lost the Champions League final.
Al-Badri turned to talk about choosing a local coach after 5 years of dealing with foreign coaches, saying: “People here in Egypt have confidence that the local coach can lead them to glory. Our biggest achievement came with Egyptian coaches, Mahmoud El-Gohary led us to the World Cup after decades of absence. And Hassan Shehata led us to 3 African Nations Cup championships, which makes people optimistic about seeing an Egyptian coach take over. ”
He continued, “We realize the importance of the task that we are on the threshold of, and we want to restore the team to its glory. I hope to get the support of everyone, especially the fans of Egypt, and I can promise them that the technical staff will do their utmost to achieve the required success and raise our flag high wherever we compete.”
“I know that morale was very low after the national team was eliminated from the last Nations Cup from the round of 16, I also realize that there was a lot of pressure in the circumstances surrounding the tournament, one of our challenges is to restore confidence.”
“I am sure we have players who can handle such conditions psychologically, all of them have experienced bad times like these, all of them have the quality and that will help us get back stronger,” he added.
He added, “I have full confidence in their ability to assume the responsibilities of the Egyptian team and restore the confidence of the fans.”
“The task of training the team is difficult, the coaches of the teams always want more time to work with their players regarding their positions and how they will implement the playing system.”
He continued, “We will try to make up for the short periods of the presence of the players with us by relying on their mental capabilities and professionalism. All of our players are mature and know how to adapt to their required roles.”
The team was coached by Al-Badri, Hector Cuper, the Argentine coach who led the Pharaohs to return to the African Nations Cup and even lost the final to Cameroon, as he restored Egypt to the World Cup, then Javier Aguirre, who did not last long after he bid farewell to the 2019 Nations Cup from the round of 16 in Cairo.
Al-Badri turned to talk about his first two games as coach of the team, saying: “The timing of the matches that the team played with me was difficult, everyone accepts that, I had a short time between my appointment and playing our first two games in the qualifiers, I think that the delay in the decision to appoint the coach reduced the opportunities in the use of a period Stopping off in September 2019. ”
“In addition to the above, the local ball stopped for a period of 40 days, and this had a negative impact on the technical fitness of the players as well as their focus. Also, there was misfortune due to the injury of some players. We called 35 players in our first camp, something that prompted many to be surprised.”
“But in the end that was the right decision, of course we are not happy with the draws in the first two rounds of the qualifiers, but we are confident of our ability to qualify for the championship.”
Egypt tied 1-1 with Kenya in the opening match of the African Cup of Nations 2021 qualifiers, as it tied negatively with Comoros.
Egypt currently occupies the third position in the group with two points equally with Kenya second, and two points less than Comoros.
Al-Badri went on to talk about the World Cup qualifying group, saying: “The World Cup qualifying group is difficult, no confrontation with any of our opponents can be guaranteed. We recently saw that the gaps between the African teams have diminished, every team developed thanks to the players who are outside the continent.”
“I remember that we won the 2010 Nations Cup and failed to qualify for the next edition because of what they might call small teams,” he added.
He added, “We currently have professional players in Europe, so our first goal is to move past the group stage and reach the final stage, after which is a bigger step to realize our qualification to the World Cup and to achieve the dream and happiness of all Egyptians.”
Egypt is in a group that includes Gabon, Angola and Libya in the preliminary qualifiers for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
He went on about the burden that Egypt’s participation in the 2018 World Cup might put, saying: “I experienced a similar situation in the past, when I won the local champions and championships, and on every occasion I wanted to enter the following season to win more titles and face new challenges.”
“Of course that puts more pressure on you, but we have to make sure that the pressure will boost the players’ confidence and strengthen them in order to repeat the achievement in order to exceed the goals we set for ourselves.”
“Our technical team has a system for following up on all the players who are likely to join the team, we evaluate the players from the technical and physical side, every player has an opportunity to join the team, and I know very well that they all want to wear the Egyptian team shirt.”
He continued, “Giving us the opportunity for some young players and the door will remain open to all. We want to join promising players with the players who join constantly.”
“In this way, we hope to solve the difficult equation, which is building a strong team that can continue for a decade, and at the same time making sure that we have reached a great level of adaptation to the requirements of technical football.”