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Al Oweiran optimistic about Egypt, Saudi Arabia World Cup chances

Al Oweiran optimistic about Egypt and Saudi Arabia World Cup chances

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legend believes his nation and can qualify for the knockout stages in the .

The 50-year-old, who scored one of the greatest World Cup goals of all time against Belgium in 1994, thinks group A of the 2018 World Cup is not difficult for Egypt and Saudi Arabia.

READ: Al-Deayea didn’t want Saudi Arabia to get drawn against Egypt

“The draw is good, Russia are not strong and Uruguay are weaker than a lot of nations like Brazil, Spain, Germany and Argentina,” Al Oweiran told DMC Sports.

“It’s an advantage for Egypt and Saudi Arabia that their encounter is in the final round. I hope Saudi Arabia will defeat Russia in opening game, especially as it will be watched by millions across the world.

“The Egyptian national team always perform well during the tough times. They are a very special team. I am optimistic that Egypt and Saudi Arabia will qualify for the knockout stages.

“We have seen Mohamed Aboutrika’s generation win a number of African competitions and beat teams, who have many world class players,” he added.

READ: 2018 FIFA World Cup: Getting to know Egypt’s Group A opponents

Al Oweiran was part of the Saudi team who played in the 1994 and 1998 World Cups and managed to guide his country to the round of 16 in 1994, before losing to Sweden 3-1.

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