AFCON 2017: Avram Grant wants CAF to allow Egypt replace injured goalkeepers

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Ghana coach Avram Grant says the Confederation of African Football (CAF) should look at the goalkeeping crisis Egypt is facing and grant them an opportunity to replace them.

Veteran goalkeeper Essam El Hadary is Egypt’s only fit goalkeeper after injuries to Ahmed El Shenawy and Sherif Ekramy.

El Hadary, who has just turned 44, came off the bench in Tuesday’s 0-0 draw with Mali when El Shenawy hurt himself.

Almost all the injuries at the ongoing tournament has been caused by the pitches and Ghana coach Avram Grant during his pre match presser ahead of Ghana’s game against Mali stated that CAF should allow Egypt to replace their goalkeepers.

“I will be honest with everyone. The AFCON is a major competition like the Euros and the Copa America. The competition is for the supporters but the main actors, like we have in a movie, are the players. Of course, we all want to win for the countries we represent.

We need to give the players the best platforms for them to perform well. People are putting in a lot of efforts but a lot more must be done.

So far, five players have received injuries due to the pitch and so, the tournament organisers need to relax the rules and allow teams to replaced the injured players.

I know Ghanaians will be unhappy with what I will say but Egypt have lost two goalkeepers because of the pitch. They need to have those players replaced. I think it is unfair to have them play without those two players. They need to bring in other goalkpeers. It is unfair and unsportsmanlike.”

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