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Elneny: It’s a great honour to represent Egypt

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Egypt international midfielder Mohamed Elneny has expressed his pride at representing the Egyptian national team, following Nigeria clash at Borg El Arab Stadium on Tuesday.

The Arsenal midfielder played the full 90 minutes as the Pharaohs defeated the Super Eagles 1-0 in the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifiers.

“Representing Egypt is a great honour, and it is a dream for any Egyptian player,” said Elneny in a televised interview after the match.

The 23-year-old expressed his gratitude for the huge support from the fans who attended Tuesday’s game, saying that he “hasn’t witnessed such atmosphere except in Europe”.

“I thank the fans who came to the stadium to support us, and I thank all the players for their performance and for achieving victory in order to help Egypt return to the African tournament,” he concluded.

The seven-time champions, who missed out on the three last editions of the AFCON, are now on the verge of playing in the upcoming tournament in Gabon.

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