'We came here aiming for a new title’: Egypt’s Trezeguet

Ahram Online , Friday 12 Jan 2024

Egypt’s national team winger Mahmoud “Trezeguet” Hassan stressed on Friday that the Pharaohs have set their sight on extending their title record ahead of the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations kick-off.

Egyptian winger Mahmoud Trezeguet Hassan. Photo: CAFOnline.



Egypt are the most successful side in the competition history with seven titles; they are the only team to win the African crown three times in a row.

The Pharaohs have been drawn in Group B alongside Ghana, Mozambique, and Cape Verde.

“It is a difficult group. It is not easy. All the African teams are strong and have very good players. We will play all the matches as finals and see what they look like. We came here aiming for a new title,” the former Aston Villa winger told CAF Online.

“Since our arrival, the entire team has only one goal, to go be crowned champions," he said.

Trezeguet, who is set to play in his fourth AFCON tournament, revealed that he retains a painful memory of the last two finals in 2017 and 2021, which the Egyptian lost to Cameroon and Senegal, respectively.

“It is really difficult to lose two finals. It is painful but we will try again to get the title. We must have what we deserve, and we hope that this time luck will be on our side and that God will help us," the Trabzonspor star concluded.

Egypt will launch their campaign against Mozambique on Sunday 14 January, before facing Ghana four days later, with Cape Verde set to be their last group fixture on 22 January.

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