Egypt will go searching for goals and securing their place in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations last 16 when they face Congo DR in their Group A clash on Wednesday.
Star forward Mohamed Salah had a number of chances in the opening game against Egypt, but was unable to find the target, and Aguirre hit back at suggestions the Liverpool player was used in a deeper position than with his club.
Coach Javier Aguirre had some explanations.
“You say Salah plays in midfield? He received one ball in 90 minutes in our half. He defends more at Liverpool than here. Salah had eight shots on goal, as a striker, as a right winger in the attack.”
“I think Salah is an important player for the team of course, just as with (Cedric) Bakambu for DRC, but we still have other players,” he added. “We are not depending on one single player in the Egypt team but on the other players as well.”
Aguirre said the tournament’s new June/July time slot would give some of those lesser known players the chance to showcase their talent, including Friday’s match-winner Trezeguet who spent the past season with Kasimpasa in Turkey.
“This Africa Cup there are 24 teams and it’s in summer so many, many people from Europe are here looking for new players, new faces,” said Aguirre, a former CONCACAF Gold Cup winner with his native Mexico.
Starting XI: Egypt vs Congo DR