World Cup play-off: Egypt to employ ‘rugby approach’ against Senegal

The Egyptian technical team have watched their Africa Cup of Nations final against Senegal over and over again as they look to plot revenge and secure a place at the 2022 FIFA World Cup according to the Pharoahs assistant coach Roger de Sa.

Despite their poor start in the AFCON, Egypt turned on the style when it mattered the most and reached the final, which they lost to the Lions of Teranga on penalties after a goalless draw in 120 minutes.

Egypt coach Carlos Queiroz was sent off in the AFCON semifinal against Cameroon, and his assistant Roger de Sa was banned for four matches by CAF, following a fracas after their match against Morocco, which meant both coaches worked on the AFCON final remotely.

However, De Sa said watching that AFCON final from up top was an eye opener as to why rugby coaches choose to sit up top instead of at the touchline, and they could actually adopt that going into the Senegal match.

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