Egypt’s captain, Mohamed Salah, has stated that the Pharaohs are under pressure to win the Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon in 2021.
The Pharaohs are scheduled to begin their AFCON trip against Nigeria on Tuesday (today) at the Roumdé Adjia Stadium in Garoua, but fans will be hoping for a record eighth trophy on February 6.
Egypt last won the championship in 2010, and the Liverpool frontman believes the pressure to recapture the trophy is immense, but they are prepared to handle each game one at a time.
“We are not the favourites to win the Africa Cup of Nations, but we will do our best to reclaim the title,” Salah said during the pre-match press conference.
“I have not won a major championship with my country, and I would like to do that, and I hope that it will be this African Nations Cup.
“There is great pressure from the Egyptian public because we are the best in the continent in terms of achieving the title.”
Meanwhile, Egypt’s head coach, Carlos Queiroz, has stated that his team is prepared to play seven games in the competition and hopes to win all of them.
“We have a lot of players that are competing among themselves for a starting position, and that’s great because we came here to play seven games.
“Our ambition is very simple. Win all the matches.”