Cuper has grown accustomed to losing finals having now lost all of the last six that he has reached in his career – two UEFA Champions League finals, the Copa del Rey, UEFA Cup Winners Cup, Greek Cup and now the AFCON.
“I have to congratulate Cameroon for winning the cup. They put up a good performance and they deserved to win it,” says Cuper.
“Off course I am upset with the loss but my deepest sorrow is for the Egyptian people. I really wanted them to be happy today by winning this trophy for them because I know how much they wanted it. Also for the players because they have been great and have fought until the end but it was too much for them to play, physical fitness to save them for the rest of the 90 minutes.
“I don’t want to say that I am used to losing in the final but the point is I would have wanted to win it and again I say I am because the Egyptian people are disappointed. I wanted them to be happy just like I wanted this for the players as well. I am really disappointed for the people of Egypt. Losing another cup final… I am not going to say I am now used to it. It is one more for me but the people of Egypt are disappointed,” says the Argentine.
The Pharaohs had taken the lead in the first half courtesy of Mohamed Elneny but The Indomitable Lions equalised through Nicolas Nkoulou before Vincent Aboubakar snatched a late winner.
Having taken over the Egyptian reins while they were down on the canvas following the Arab Spring, Cuper has brought the seven-time champions back on to the continental stage, and has just four defeats in the 20 games he has overseen.
He is coy about what will happen next.
“What is next for Egypt, we will see,” he adds.
By Lovemore Moyo in Gabon, courtesy of SuperSport