Egypt taking nothing for granted despite easy AFCON draw

Ahmad Hassan, Friday 12 Apr 2019,
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File Photo: Egypt national team assistant manager Hany Ramzy (Photo: Reuters)

Egypt have no intention of underestimating the level of competition they will face in the African Cup of Nations group stage on home soil after being handed an easy draw on Friday.

The Pharaohs were placed in what seems to be a trouble-free Group A alongside Dr Congo, Uganda and Zimbabwe.

Egypt's assistant coach Hany Ramzy said his side will still be under pressure, given their pedigree in the continent.

"Definitely there is pressure on us because we are the record winners but I am positive," Ramzy told beIN Sports after the game.

Under Mexican coach Javier Aguirre, Egypt will be looking to clinch a record-extending eighth title when the tournament kicks off this summer.

"We are always favourites to win the African cup but nothing in football is easy now. All teams have good players and we respect all of them. Our target is to win the title. We will take things one step at a time," Ramzy added.

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Group A W D L P
Egypt
3 0 0 9
Uganda
1 1 1 4
DR Congo
1 0 2 3
Zimbabwe
0 1 2 1
Group B W D L P
Madagascar
2 1 0 7
Nigeria
2 0 1 6
Guinea
1 1 1 4
Burundi
0 0 3 0
Group C W D L P
Algeria
3 0 0 9
Senegal
2 0 1 6
Kenya
1 0 2 3
Tanzania
0 0 3 0
Group D W D L P
Morocco
3 0 0 9
Cote d'Ivoire
2 0 1 6
South Africa
1 0 2 3
Namibia
0 0 3 0
Group E W D L P
Mali
2 1 0 7
Tunisia
0 3 0 3
Angola
0 2 1 2
Mauritania
0 2 1 2
Group F W D L P
Ghana
1 2 0 5
Cameroon
1 2 0 5
Benin
0 3 0 3
Guinea Bissau
0 1 2 1