Egypt manager Carlos Queiroz was spotted arguing with an Egyptian fan following the Pharaohs’ dreadul show against Nigeria on Tuesday.
Egypt couldn’t have asked for a worse start to their 2021 Africa Cup of Nations campaign in terms of both result and performance after falling to a 1-0 defeat against Nigeria.
The Super Eagles were by far the more dangerous side for the entirety of the encounter and could’ve increased the gap if it wasn’t for Mohamed El-Shennawy’s heroic performance.
On the other hand, During the full 90 minutes, Egypt had just four shots at Maduka Okoye, two of them on target, while creating just three chances, compared to Nigeria’s 15.
This coupled with the fact of several players playing outside of their regular positions, like Mostafa Mohamed and Mahmoud Trezeguet, made the majority of fans and pundits fume at the Portuguese coach, saying he didn’t learn from the Arab Cup experience.
To cap off a miserable afternoon, Queiroz was seen engaging angrily with a member of the Egyptian supporters at the stadium after the full-time whistle.
A video emerged showing furious Carlos Queiroz in a heated exchange with a fan, who criticised the coach for the team’s performance, resulting in the Portuguese responding by asking the fan to come down to coach the team instead of him.
The defeat marked Egypt’s first AFCON opener one since 2002 when they lost to Senegal 1-0 and their first group-stage defeat when they fell against Algeria in Tunisia.
Carlos Queiroz will now try to amend the situation starting from Egypt’s next game against Sudan next Saturday, before facing Guinea-Bissau four days later.
Six points from these two games will surely secure qualification to the round of 16; however, a second-place finish will see Egypt face the winner of Group E, which is most likely will be one of Algeria or Ivory Coast.