The assistant coach of Egypt, Diaa El-Sayed, who will be in charge of the team in Sunday’s Africa Cup of Nations final match with Senegal has called for a postponement of the match for 24 hours.
This according to him will enable his team have some respite after a tedious three-match streak of games that stretched into extra time.
Two of the matches even further extended into penalty shoot-out. Since the knockout series began at the Round of 16, no match of the Egyptians ended in regulation time.
After a goalless regulation and extra time match with Cote d’Ivoire, Egypt advanced on penalties. Their quarter final encounter with Morocco also extended into extra time before the Egyptians finally won 2-1.
Their last game with Cameroon in the semi-finals also ended in penalty shoot-out making the assistant coach to call for a bent of the rule as they go into their 10th final match of the Africa Cup of Nations.
Speaking in the press conference after the game, Egypt assistant manager Diaa El-Sayed said: “We are the only team that played 120 minutes in three consecutive games.
“The players are fully focused, they have a good base to build on, and we thank their clubs for that.
“Salah being the group leader gives the players a lot of positive energy as well.
“We also have a great head coach that has a lot of experience dealing with players.”
“I believe Queiroz’s send-off was undeserved, I’d like to dedicate the win to both him and his assistant Roger de Sa.
“I don’t want to discuss refereeing mistakes or the things we suffered throughout the tournament, players determination changes everything on the pitch.
“We appreciate our fans’ support and we’d like to thank them for being there for us.
“We’ll celebrate tonight, but after all, we haven’t won anything yet.
“I hope CAF would move the final from Sunday to Monday for the sake of fair play, they have done that with the third-place decider.”