Egypt's friendly against Tunisia allowed us to test new players, says assistant coach

Ahram Online , Sunday 8 Jan 2017,

Egypt's friendly win at home to Tunisia on Sunday allowed the Pharahos to test some players ahead of the African Cup of Nations campaign, assistant coach Osama Nabih said.

The hosts claimed a narrow 1-0 win over Tunisia at the Cairo Stadium, thanks to a stoppage-time goal from Ahly striker Marwan Mohsen.

"I'm very satisfied with the win," Nabih told ONSport TV after the match.

"We played a good game against a tough opponent and I think that we produced a fine performance.

''The clash was a good chance for the technical staff to test many players as Tunisia's game was our only friendly before the Nations Cup."

The record seven-times African champions will make their first Nations Cup appearance since 2010. They were drawn in Group D alongside Ghana, Uganda and Mali. 

"We are determined to compete for the title as we used to do in the past," Nabih added. 

On the other hand, Egypt's goalkeeping coach Ahmed Nagi refused to drop any hints over who would play between the sticks in the Nations Cup.

The team's squad includes the veteran Essam El-Hadary, Ahly's Sherif Ekramy and Zamalek's Ahmed El-Shennawi. 

Ekramy started the match against Tunisia while El-Shennawi played in the second half. El-Hadary was Egypt's regular keeper in two consecutive World Cup qualifying wins over Congo and Ghana. 

"Hadary, Ekramy and El-Shennawi are all at the same level," Nagy said.      

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