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Elmohamady: AFCON is like the World Cup but for Africa

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Posted on February 1, 2017
Ahmed Elmohamady

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National team and Hull City wing-back spoke about Egypt’s next clash with Burkina Faso in the African Cup of Nations semi-final, qualifying to the World Cup and El-Hadary’s important role with the team.

The Pharaohs are getting ready to face Burkina Faso on Wednesday in Libreville at Stade de l’Amitié after they eliminated Morocco in the quarter-finals.

“We’re happy with what we achieved so far and we’re ready for the next challenge,” Elmohamady told BBC Arabic radio. “We are going to face one of the toughest teams in the tournament, that’s why we have to be very focused and be prepared so we can win.”

“The AFCON is like the World Cup but for Africa,” said the 29-year-old player who won the title with the national team two times in 2008 and 2010. “Fans are happy that we qualified to the semi-finals, but what’s more important is qualifying to the World Cup, and we’re doing a good job in our group with six points. Reaching the semi-finals made our fans hope we can win the title.”

Regarding the team’s legendary goalkeeper Essam El-Hadary, Elmohamady praised the captain of the team for his performance so far in the tournament. “His expertise help us a lot. El-Hadary played in seven AFCONs and won four of them. I hope he wins his fifth with us,” he added. “He is a great goalkeeper who takes good care of his physical strength. He is a role model for any football player in our country.”

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