Egypt goalkeeper Mohamed El-Shennawy believes the Pharoahs showed too much respect to the Super Eagles in Tuesday’s AFCON 2021 Group D opening, Kingfut reports.
The seven-time African champions started poorly, falling 1-0 to the Eagles in what appeared to be a one-sided game.
The Eagles played a comfortable game, dominating the rhythm in their usual manner; the score differential could have been greater had it not been for El-valiant Shennawy’s performance.
Many point the finger at national team head coach Carlos Queiroz for rotating several key players, including Mohamed Salah, Mostafa Mohamed, and Trezeguet.
El-Shennawy, on the other hand, believes that blame should be shared equally, arguing that it is a team game and everyone should take responsibility.
“The result is disappointing, to the players, coaching staff, and to the fans,” El-Shennawy said.
“During the first half we couldn’t rise up to the occasion, but the second half saw some improvement as we wasted a few chances.
“We had a lot of respect for Nigeria, but that backfired on us, being too focused on defense was the reason we conceded the goal.
“We’ll focus on the future now, we only played one game of the tournament.
“Everyone is to blame, we made mistakes and it wasn’t our lucky day, but we promise you improvement in the future.”
Egypt suffered their first AFCON opener defeat since 2002, when they fell 1-0 to Senegal, and their first group-stage defeat against Algeria in Tunisia.