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Mali coach: We have equal chances with Egypt and Ghana

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Posted on January 17, 2017
Mali coach Alain Giresse

Photo: Reuters

national football team coach Alain Giresse assured his team’s chances to qualify to the second round competing with Egypt and Ghana.

The French coach based his optimism on Mali’s progress in the previous AFCON championships as the team achieved two bronze medals in the 2012 and 2013 versions of the tournament.

“Everybody thinks that Ghana and Egypt are the toughest in the group and will easily qualify to the second round, everybody thinks Mali is already out of the competition,” Giresse said. “All options are available and we have a good chance to win our matches and compete with them.”

The Eagles will be facing Egypt on Tuesday in their first match in the championship. Egyptian football team head coach Hector Cuper pointed out that Mali’s match will be a tough challenge for the Pharaohs. This was echoed by the team’s defender Ahmed Fathi.

“Ghana is a good team they possess strong individual and tactical capabilities. Egypt has the power and motives, they also have Mohamed Salah, one of the best players in Africa right now,” he added. “We’ll play to win the two matches, let’s not forget that we won third place in 2012 and 2013.”

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