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Egypt’s Assistant Coach Roger De Sá Banned for 4 Games, Egypt Football Association Also Fined $100 000
- Egyptian assistant coach Roger de Sá has been banned for 4 games by the Confederation of African Football
- South Africa's De Sá was found to have used an obscene gesture after the game between Egypt and Morocco
- De Sá will miss Egypt's clash against Cameroon at AFCON with both teams one step away from the final
South Africa’s Roger De Sá and the Egyptian Football Association find themselves in hot water with the Confederation of African Football’s (CAF) Disciplinary Board after their clash against Morocco.
Egypt and Morocco competed in a quarter-final clash at AFCON 2021 in Cameroon.
Roger De Sá was banned for four games by CAF for using an obscene gesture. The South African reported that after the match Egypt’s assistant coach got into an altercation with Moroccan Football Federation President, Faouzi Lekjaa, in which he used the obscene gesture.
Lekjaa is a CAF Executive Committee and FIFA Council member as well.
De Sá will miss Egypt’s semi-final clash against Cameroon and the final if The Pharaohs make it through. He will also miss Egypt’s next matches after AFCON. A fine of $10 000 was also imposed upon the Egyptian Federation because of De Sá’s actions.
De Sá has been with the Egyptian National team since September 2021 when Carlos Queiroz appointed him. He previously worked with Queiroz when the latter was the Bafana Bafana coach. He also famously coached Orlando Pirates.
The Egyptian Football Association were also fined $100 000, half of which needs to be paid upfront, for ‘breaching media protocols and directives’ at AFCON, Soccer Laduma reported.
Members of the team were due to attend a press conference before the match against Morocco but media representatives had to wait for two hours for them to show.
The Egyptian FA has 60 days to pay half of the fine with the other half suspended providing they do not commit a similar mistake.
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Cameroon tipped to win 2021 AFCON
In other African Cup of Nations news, former Kenyan international Sammy Omollo has backed the host nation of Cameroon to win the 2021 edition of the Africa Cup of Nations, Sports Brief reported earlier.
Cameroon, who are hosting the postponed competition are already in the semifinals having seen off The Gambia in the last eight to book their spot. The Antonio Conceicao-tutored side now has to contend with a meeting with Egypt in the semis as they set their sights on reaching the final.
The Egyptians had to beat Morocco in a thrilling quarter-final encounter to book their spot against the hosts, Cameroon. Omollo has no doubt Indomitable Lions have everything it takes to make it to the final and ultimately lift the title.