Mostafa Mohamed and Ahmed Hassan Kouka considered that Egypt’s stumble in a 2-2 draw with Mozambique was a good thing that happened early in the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations.
Despite Egypt’s early lead, Mozambique surprised everyone by drawing a draw and ahead of Rui Vitoria’s squad, before Mohamed Salah succeeded in converting from a penalty kick in the last minute.
After the match, Mustafa Mohamed spoke to the media about the tie, saying, “We are still at the beginning and it is good for the stumble to come early so that we can learn from it instead of the mistake coming at a stage where there is no compensation.”
As for Coca, who came on as a substitute in the last quarter of an hour, he said, “The most important thing is endings, not beginnings. Our eyes are only on the cup, so let us raise our heads and continue working.”
For his part, coach Rui Vitoria spoke about this tie, saying, “We lost focus in 3 minutes and the match changed. We still have two matches that we will fight with all our strength in order to qualify for the round of 16.”
The draw against Mozambique is the second draw in the history of Egypt, with 27 opening matches in the history of the Nile Country’s participation in the African Cup of Nations.
According to what was reported by the “Filgol” website, history heralds that Egypt will reach the final match thanks to this draw.
The first time Egypt tied in the opening match was in the 1976 edition with Guinea, and at that time the Pharaohs reached the final group and ranked fourth.
The second and closest time was in 2017, after a goalless draw with Mali, and by coincidence, in this edition, Ghana was also present with Egypt in the same group.
Hector Cuper’s squad then reached the final of the tournament, but was defeated by the Cameroon national team 2-1.
It is noteworthy that the Egyptian national team will face its Ghanaian counterpart in the second round of the groups, then it will meet with Cape Verde at the end of the group matches.