Egypt’s assistant coach says Pharaohs won’t rely on history
Egypt were drawn alongside Ghana, Uganda and Mali in Group D of the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations, with the draw held in Libreville, Gabon on Wednesday evening.
Fayez said that having the upper hand over other teams historically, can’t guarantee winning the upcoming games, stressing that all teams in Egypt’s group are strong.
“Numbers are for history and the past only. We will not depend on our history, the past results are over,” Fayez told Sada El Balad satellite channel following the draw.
Seven-time African champions reached the African Cup of Nations for the first time since 2010, the last of their three-tournament winning streak.
“Zamalek are a good example for what I’m saying. The Egyptian team with its great history lost to Mamelodi Sundowns, who have no significant history. Things have changed,” he added, referring to Zamalek’s 3-0 loss to Sundowns in the first leg of the CAF Champions League final.
Fayez expects Uganda to be a strong opponent, whether in the Africa Cup of Nations or in the World Cup qualifiers. Egypt, Uganda and Ghana were drawn in the same group for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations and the 2018 World Cup qualifying.
“Uganda might be a tough opponent in the World Cup qualifiers or the Africa Cup of Nations. They have a strong and a well-organised team with an experienced Serbian coach,” he added.
He also praised the Malian team, who were drawn in the same group with the Pharaohs in the African tournament.
“Mali played a very good game against Ivory Coast in the World Cup qualifications. They have a good team and can get points from Ghana or from Egypt too,” he concluded.
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