On Friday, Egypt regained their lead in Group D by defeating Malawi 2-0, with Mohamed Salah scoring his 48th goal for the team.
In his official debut game, coach Vitoria led the seven-time African Champions to a one-sided home victory in front of 20,000 fans at the 30 June stadium, with goals from Salah (20′) and Omar Marmoush (45+1′).
The Portuguese tactician, who took over the team in July 2022, produced a confident display to secure the win.
“We deserved to win. The first half was very strong and we reached the goal in different occasions, playing with enthusiasm. Our opponent could not reach our goal,” Vitoria said in the press conference after the game.
“Our performance retreated a little bit in the second half, but we managed to keep our lead despite the fact that we had other chances to score. The Malawi team did not have any clear opportunity to score,” added the Portuguese tactician who took over the seven-time African Champions in July 2022.
“We will directly start preparations for next game. We are hoping for a bright future for this team and the players have the needed passion,” the Egypt coach added.
“I always play to dominate football and get full control of the game. We dominated 84 percent of the first half and 75 percent of the whole game. This is needed for the national team,” he concluded.
After securing six points in three games, Egypt is scheduled to fly to Malawi on Saturday for their next match on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, Malawi is currently at the bottom of the standings with three points, and later in the day, Ethiopia and Guinea, both with three points each, will face each other.