“I had the chance to work with Egypt national coach Carlos Queiroz during his first camp here,” Francisco told TOI.
“He’s so meticulous with everything that he does. Whether it’s planning the training session, planning future camps, analysing games, analysing individual players, he looks into every detail. It’s fascinating.” Queiroz has been an assistant with Alex Ferguson at Manchester United, managed Portugal, United Arab Emirates, South Africa, Iran and Colombia. But in Egypt, he’s not the biggest name. That honour is exclusively reserved for Mohammed Salah.
Francisco, 40, had time to watch the Liverpool forward from close when he joined the national team camp.
It was 48 hours after his unbelievable solo effort against Manchester City, but while the world remained in awe and Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp said “people would talk about this goal for a long, long time,” Salah himself went about his business like nothing happened.
“One thing that I have realised working with Nelo or Queiroz or having Salah in the team, these guys are very simple and humble,” said Francisco. “When I met Salah, it was difficult to believe this was the same player who scored a wonder goal (against Manchester City). He’s very down to earth and has no airs of a superstar.” He was summoned to Egypt by Vingada, the strategic advisor and technical director for EFA.