Egypt coach Hany Ramzy is hoping he can retain captain Mohamed Aboutrika and striker Meteab Emad for the rest of the Olympic Games after his side qualified for the quarter-finals with a 3-1 win over Belarus.
Ramzy admitted there had been a previous agreement with the players' club side Al Ahly to let both players return to
He said, "I am hoping the Ahly club will understand we need the experience of these players.
"They may need Emad because I understand one of their strikers is injured and both are important but if we could keep even just one player it would be Aboutrika. He has a very good connection with the other players on and off the field and his experience of big competitions is very important for us."
Aboutrika rounded off a fine afternoon for Egypt with the third goal after second-half strikes from Mohamed Salah and
And Ramzy was happy with how his side adjusted after struggling to create openings in the first 45 minutes.
"We had studied them very well and they played the same way against
"At half-time we changed the system from a 4-3-2-1 to a 4-2-2-2 and that was a good solution for us as it allowed us to put more pressure on their defence."
Kondratyev's men defended solidly for the first hour but were opened up with ease once they had to go on the front foot after conceding, and he believes the opening goal was the key to the game.
"The first goal fully broke our game and then we made two mistakes that
"We tried to the very end but in the last two games we have played two very strong teams that don't allow you to make any mistakes."