Egypt star Mohamed Salah said the team would try to learn from their mistakes after the Africa Cup of Nations hosts suffered an embarrassing last – 16 exit .
The Pharaohs were billed as chief title contenders on home soil , having won three of four previous editions as hosts , but crashed out on Saturday following a shock 1 – 0 loss to South Africa .
The painful defeat came a year on from Egypt ’ s miserable World Cup campaign — their first appearance at the competition since 1990 — in which they failed to get out of the group stage after losing all of their matches.
“Very sad for our early exit from the Africa Cup of Nations .
We were hoping to continue together till the end and offer the tournament for our loyal fans to whom I have to address a big thank you for the support we are used to from them , ” Salah tweeted late on Sunday.
“ God willing we will learn from our mistakes . I wish the best for the national team in what is to come. ”
Coach Javier Aguirre , appointed on a four – year deal last August , was sacked in the wake of the defeat while Egyptian FA president Hani Abou Rida also announced his own resignation .
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