Egypt set sight on winning AFCON 2017 title in Gabon


Egypt’s national coach Hector Cuper has said his team will do its best to win the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations finals which kicks off in Gabon on 14 January.

“I always ask the player to give 100 percent of his effort to win every match, regardless of its importance,” said Hector Cuper, coach of the Egyptian national team. “We are going to Gabon, and we want to win the competition.”

The Pharaohs is the most successful side in the history of the African football tournament and has won the cup a record seven times. It however missed the last three editions after winning the trophy in Angola in 2010.

Cuper has already named a provisionally squad of 27 players for the team which is also bidding to qualify for the world cup in 2018. “People are asking me questions on the street about the World Cup, but winning the CAN is also important, we will never think that the African championship is not important, We will try to do our best, starting with the match against Tunisia on January 7. We will try to win every game we play,” the 61 year old coach asserted.

Egypt will be based in Port-Gentil for the group games and is placed alongside Ghana, Mali and Uganda in Group D. With Ghana the hot favorite to dominate the group, runner-up spot appears a huge under taking for Egypt for Mali and even the only East African representative Uganda under Serbian head coach Serdiovich Micho are tough adversaries dreaming for the group stage.