New Egypt manager promises more balanced approach

Javier Aguirre

On the eve of Egypt’s 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifier against Niger, new manager Javier Aguirre revealed a little bit about how he plans to run things at the Pharaohs’ helm.

“I want to strike a balance between defense and attack,” the Mexican tactician declared.

“First, the ball must be with us. Then, we must turn our dominance into goals. And in the end, the result is the most important thing,” he added.

Aguirre took-over the reigns from former manager Héctor Cúper, who helped guide the Pharaohs to their first FIFA World Cup finals appearance in 28 years but was much-maligned for his ultra-cautious approach.

“I have full respect for [Cúper], but I have my own strategy that I want to apply with the Egyptian team,” the 59-year-old opined.

“Cúper’s achievement deserves respect, but you all must understand that this is a new era and we will start our work from scratch,” he added.

The Pharaohs will be looking to make-up for an opening match defeat against Tunisia in front of their home crowd.

The team is expected to field a 4-3-3, but will be without the services of striker Ahmed Hassan ‘Kouka’ and winger Ramadan Sobhi due to injury.

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