Egypt will go far in World Cup, says midfielder Tarek Hamed

Ahram Online , Ahram Online , Sunday 3 Jun 2018,
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Tarek Hamed
Colombia's Miguel Borja (L) vies for the ball with Egypt's Tarek Hamed during the friendly football match between Egypt and Colombia at Atleti Azzurri d'Italia Stadium in Bergamo on June 1, 2017 AFP

Defensive midfielder Tarek Hamed said on Sunday Egypt are looking to go far in this month's World Cup, adding they will fly to Russia with "big ambitions".

The Pharaohs, who ended a 28-year wait for a World Cup appearance, start their campaign against Uruguay on 15 June before facing hosts Russia and fellow Arab country Saudi Arabia on 19 and 25 June respectively.

"We have all the right to dream," Zamalek's Hamed told an Egyptian Radio station on Sunday.

"Our ambitions are different … we are going to Russia to make a good impact."

Asked about Uruguay's clash in the group opener, Hamed acknowledged it will be tough but said Egypt have what it takes to leave their mark.

"Uruguay is a good team but there are no weak teams in the World Cup," he added.

"The game will be tough but I am optimistic that we will make Egyptians happy in the World Cup."

The 30-year-old defended Egypt coach Hector Cuper, who is criticized by many for two unproductive displays against Kuwait and Colombia.

Egypt were secured a late 1-1 draw with unfancied Kuwait in a friendly last month before holding Colombia to a 0-0 stalemate on Friday, having only created one goal-scoring chance against the South American giants.

"We have an excellent technical staff but the problem is that we have 90 million coaches in Egypt," he said, referring to the country's population.

"Cuper is a good coach. He makes a system for all the players and that is the secret of his success. "

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