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Egyptian national team buoyed by fans' support ahead of World Cup, says Cuper

Ahram Online , Wednesday 27 Dec 2017
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Egypt Argentinean coach Hector Cuper (AFP)
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Egypt's Argentinean manager Hector Cuper has expressed confidence ahead of the 2018 World Cup in Russia, praising the team members' enthusiasm and the fans' support.

"As a coach, I want my team to appear in the best form. We must be optimistic and confident, but we must be realistic and do our best in preparing," the 62-year-old in a press conference in Dubai on Wednesday.

Under Cuper, the Pharaohs ended a 28-year of World Cup draught, topping their group in the African qualifier and excluding Ghana, Uganda and Congo.

"The enthusiasm from all the Egyptians really supports us. Players are very enthusiastic to deliver their best," he added.

Egypt are drawn in group A of the World Cup finals alongside the hosts, Uruguay and fellow Arab country Saudi Arabia.

"We chose Chechnya to hold our training camp because its stadium is amazing and the weather there is very suitable," he explained.

The runner-up of the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations will kick off their World Cup competition against Uruguay on 15 June.

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