Egypt's Mido backtracks on Cuper Criticism

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The former Tottenham Hotspur frontman wants the Argentine to lead the Pharaohs to Russia 2018 after earlier contradictory statements

Former Egypt striker Ahmed Hossam 'Mido' says he has no personal agenda against under-fire Pharaohs' coach Hector Cuper.

Cuper has been heavily criticized for the North Africans' disappointing showing against Uganda in the 2018 World Cup qualifying earlier this month despite a 1-0 return victory following a 1-0 away reversal.

Mido was among the critics. He slammed the Argentine for a stalled Pharaohs side in the last two years and described the performance against Uganda as "alarming", particularly with the side scheduled to play away to Ghana in the last round of the qualifiers.

“I was one of Cuper’s biggest supporters," Mido said, as reported by Kingfut.

"It would be unfair if any other coach leads Egypt in the World Cup in case we qualify.

“The Uganda-Ghana match, which is a day prior to our game against Congo, will pretty much decide our position [in the qualifiers] before the final round [of games]. 

"If Uganda managed to win, we will be obliged to achieve a positive result in Ghana even if we win against Congo."

Egypt are currently top of Group E in the World Cup African zone qualifiers.

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Two points clear, the Pharaohs, who are hoping to make a return to the global showpiece for the first time since 1990, host Congo on the penultimate matchday next month before a trip to Ghana in November.

The North Africans' last visit to Ghana ended in a humiliating 6-1 defeat in 2014.

 

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