Give Egypt chance to replace goalkeepers – Grant

Avram GrantHead coach of the Black Stars, Avram Grant, has called on the Organising Committee of the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon, to give Group D contenders Egypt, the opportunity to replace their injured goalkeepers in the competition.

Egypt has so far lost two goalkeepers through injury.

Ahmed El-Shennawy sustained hamstring tear in their  opening match of Group D, against Mali last Tuesday, whilst El Ekramy is being treated for hamstring strain, leaving the North Africans, with only veteran El Hadary.

According to the regulations of the Confederation of Africa Football (CAF), there will be no replacement 24 hours, before the start of the competition.

However, Avram Grant believes, they must be given the opportunity to make replacements, because the injuries were as a result of the bad pitches.

“The pitches for the competition are very bad and causing many injuries to players,” Grant lamented.

He said, Egypt must be given the chance to replace the injured goalkeepers, because it was unfair to play in the competition with only a goalkeeper.

“Players are the most important characters in the competition and must be protected. It is unfair to subject them to these poor pitches.

Ghana’s Baba Abdul Rahman, sustained a knee injury last Tuesday, in the game against Uganda and has been ruled out of the competition, whilst Burkina Faso’s Jonathan Patroipa and Jonathan Zongo, have also been ruled out due to injuries caused by the pitch.

Ghana will play Egypt in the last game of the group on Wednesday, January 25, at the Port-Gentil Stadium. -GNA


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