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Egypt Coach Thanks Critics After Qualifying For Play-Offs

Egypt head coach Carlos Queiroz sent a message to his critics after the Pharaohs qualified for the 2022 FIFA World Cup play-offs.

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The Pharaohs had secured qualification with one match to spare, and ended their qualifying campaign with a 2-1 victory over Gabon on Tuesday afternoon.

The former Manchester United assistant coach thanked critics with qualification to the play-off round secured.

"Egypt plays for its reputation, we defend our shirt, and at the same time it is difficult to maintain the competitive mentality of the player, especially if we already qualified," Queiroz said, as per KingFut.

"In addition to that, too many games were played on this stadium. The players did their best and we have to thank them.

"We have a new challenge coming, which is the Arab Cup. We have to work for it, and we also want to prepare well for the Africa Cup of Nations. The Gabon match was just an opportunity to give the players more experience and improve the team's more performance.

"The Egyptian national team shirt weighs 200 grams, but when the players enter the stadium, it weighs 1 000 kilograms, so we have to support the players and give them experience.

"I thank the many people who gave me constructive criticism. These criticisms are free advice to me. I used to have paid advice, but these criticisms are free, so I have to thank those who do this work."

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