Preview: Egypt to face Malawi in bid to cement top spot in AFCON 2023 qualifiers

Mahmoud Elassal , Monday 27 Mar 2023

Egypt aim to cement its position atop Group D in the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifiers as they face Malawi in a pivotal fourth-round match at Bingu National Stadium on Tuesday.

Egypt, Malawi
Egypt face Malawi in bid to secure Group D Summit in AFCON 2023 qualifiers. Al-Ahram


The prestigious seven-time African Champions are currently leading Group D with six points, tied with Guinea in second place.

Meanwhile, Malawi and Ethiopia occupy the third and fourth positions, each with three points.

Egypt kicked off their 2023 AFCON qualifying campaign with a victory over Guinea in June 2022, followed by a loss to Ethiopia away from home, and then triumphed over Malawi in the third round of qualifiers on Friday.

The Pharaohs arrived in Malawi early on Monday with a 24-player squad in anticipation of the crucial game.

Egypt's coach Rui Vitoria emphasised that the away match against Malawi would be no easy feat, and the Pharaohs must put forth their best effort to secure a win and enhance their standing in the group.

"Our game against Malawi is complex and essential," Vitoria said during a news conference last week.

Vitoria, the Portuguese coach, also addressed the challenges of playing at 3pm during Ramadan month, as well as the hot weather and potential rainfall.

"We will prepare ourselves to face all barriers," he added.

Under the helm of Rui Vitoria, who took over the seven-time African Champions in July 2022, the team produced a confident display in a one-sided home victory over Malawi in the third-round game in front of 20,000 fans in the 30 June stadium.

"I always play to dominate football and get full control of the game. We dominated 84 percent of the first half and 75 percent of the whole game. This is what is needed for the national team," Vitoria expressed.

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