Egypt's coach Hector Cuper isn't surprised by Friday's goalless draw between Ghana and Uganda in the 2018 World Cup qualifiers, insisting that football rewards only those who put in the effort.
Ghana's Black Stars were strong candidates to win their Group E opener at the Tamale Stadium, but the visitors weren't an easy opponent.
"I am not surprised with the draw between Ghana and Uganda as football always rewards the best team," Cuper was quoted as saying by the Egyptian Football Association's (EFA) official website after the match.
Congo host Egypt in the other Group E clash on Sunday in Kintele.
"I am not concerned with the other teams' results as my full concentration is on achieving a positive result against Congo," said the Argentine coach.
"We will play only to win in Congo and to take an early lead of our group," the former Inter Milan coach added.
In June, World Cup-hungry Egypt were drawn in a tight group in the qualifiers' final round alongside Ghana, Congo and Uganda.
Seven-time African champions, Egypt have made only two World Cup appearances in their history, both in Italy, in 1934 and 1990.
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