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Ahmed Fathi: Facing Mali is going to be tough

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Posted on January 8, 2017
Photo by Francis Bompard/Getty Images

Photo by Francis Bompard/Getty Images

Egypt’s national team right back, Ahmed Fathi states that Egypt’s first game in the African Cup of Nations against Mali is going to be the hardest one.

Fathi, who has previously been crowned with the title three times, stated, “The beginnings are always the hardest on any team, and we hope we do well on our way in the tournament.”

The 32-year-old played 61 minutes in Egypt’s friendly victory over , before coming off for Hull City’s defender, Ahmed Elmohamady.

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Fathi stated, “Cuper exploited the game very well to test and watch many players and today Karim Hafez started the game and played very well.”

He added,”The game passed without any injuries, while Marwan Mohsen’s goal gave us the win against a good side. We have definitely learned a lot from this game.”

On his position, the ’s defender stated, “I have been playing the last couple of games as a midfielder with , and today played as a right back; the decision is in the coach’s hands and I don’t interfere in his decisions.”

Egypt is getting ready to feature in the in Gabon next week, where they are placed in the fourth group along with Ghana, Uganda and Mali.

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