Beat Super Eagles or face sack, Egypt tells coach Cuper
coach Hector Cuper has been given a two-game ultimatum by the country’s FA, and he must either defeat Nigeria in two 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers later this month or face the axe.
According to Mtnfootball.com, the Argentine has had unwavering support from the Egyptian FA, but Completesportsnigeria.com quotes a source who claims the body was unimpressed with the Pharaohs’ warm-up win over Burkina Faso in Alexandria on the weekend.
“Cuper has been given a two-match ultimatum by the Egyptian Football Association,” the source is quoted.
“He has been told to beat Nigeria and ensure Egypt qualify for Gabon 2017 or face dismissal.
“EFA chiefs were not impressed with the team’s performance against Burkina Faso and have warned Cuper to shape up and pick valuable points in Kaduna and Alexandria, if he hopes to retain his job.”
Cuper’s contract stipulates that Egypt must qualify for the AFCON, a tournament they have won a record six times. However, the North African giants last qualified for AFCON in Angola 2010.
The Pharaohs lead Group G of the 2017 qualifiers with six points from two games, while Nigeria are second with four points.
The first match between the Super Eagles and the Pharaohs will be held in Kaduna on March 25, with the return game set for Alexandria four days later.
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