Egypt's coach of the Olympic team Hany Ramzy has criticised Brazil star Neymar following the two team's Group C clash at the Millennium Stadium in the London Games.
The Selecao claimed a 3-2 victory in the opening day of men’s football at the 2012 Olympics on Thursday, but Pharoahs head coach Ramzy believes that the 20-year-old Santos star is a selfish player.
“I think for sure he’ll make a high living, but I think Neymar needs to play more for the team,” Ramzy told reporters after the game.
“Sometimes I have the feeling that he just plays for himself, just to show himself that he’s a big talent. I think he’s young and he’s going to learn this and he could play more for the team.”
Neymar responded to the coach's comments moments later, saying, "I don't think that's the case. I worked hard for my team, and that's what I want - to help the Selecao win matches."
Neymar scored Brazil’s third goal as his team raced to a three-goal lead before halft-ime. But Egypt rallied in the second half with back-to-back goals from Mohamed Aboutrika and Mohamed Salah to put the Brazilians - viewed as the gold-medal favorites alongside Spain - on their heels. And Ramzy praised his side for not throwing in the towel.
“I think after 3-0 everybody was comfortable to win the game," he said. "I think even the Brazilian players thought the game was over. But my players never gave up after half-time."
Brazil will face Belarus next while Egypt take on New Zealand, with both games to be played on July 29.