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Cúper: It is very important to meet my players

Hector-Raul-CuperEgypt manager Hector Cúper has highlighted on Saturday the importance of the Egypt national team training camp, which is currently taking place in preparation for crucial Nigeria encounters in AFCON qualifiers next month.

Cuper said that it was very important for him to have a meeting with the players in the period between January and February.

“I wanted to analyse my players’ performances especially because we are preparing for massive games against Nigeria in the AFCON qualifiers and the team has not participated in AFCON for six years,” Cúper said in a press conference ahead of Burkina’s match.

Egypt will conclude their training camp on Saturday by facing Burkina Faso, with Cúper seeing it as a good chance to test the team.

“I know that Burkina Faso won’t come with their first team as the friendly is not scheduled among the FIFA agenda, but it is good preparation for the Nigeria match,” Cúper stated.

Cùper also commented on Sunday Oliseh leaving the post as Nigeria’s coach, “I don’t see that as an advantage for us before we face them. Nigeria is a big team and has many stars playing in Europe so it won’t be affected if the manager quits.”

Egypt’s assistant coach Osama Nabih also commented on the Oliseh resignation, as he said Egypt don’t care about Nigeria’s managerial situation.

“The Nigeria clash is in a month. The Oliseh departure may be good for us but we need to concentrate on ourselves,” Nabih told Al-Hayah TV.

“I heard they appointed Samson Siasia which mean they had a quick solution. The match is very important and we will target the three points to step forward towards AFCON qualification,” Nabih concluded.

The Pharaohs face Burkina Faso in a friendly on Saturday night, looking to gain momentum in the lead up to next month’s crucial CAF African Cup of Nations qualifier against Nigeria.

Egypt currently hold top spot in the group, which contains the Pharaohs, Nigeria, Tanzania and Chad. Only top spot in the groups seal automatic qualification to the prestigious tournament, with only the two best runners up from the groups qualifying as well.

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