Egypt boss Cuper believes Morocco game is the hardest for the Pharaohs in AFCON, says assistant coach

Ahram Online , Friday 27 Jan 2017,
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Hector Cuper
Egypt's Argentinian coach Hector Raul Cuper reacts during the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations group D football match between Egypt and Ghana in Port-Gentil on January 25, 2017 (Photo: AFP)

Egypt national team assistant coach Mahmoud Fayez said the technical staff headed by Argentinean coach Hector Cuper considers Sunday's game against Morocco in the quarterfinals of 2017 Africa Cup of Nations the hardest game in the tournament.

"Cuper sees the game against Morocco is the hardest game in the tournament for two reasons," Fayez told Egyptian sports website FilGoal.com.

"The first reason is that losing to Morocco means leaving the tournament directly, while the second is that Morocco national team is the strongest in the AFCON with tactics as well as individual performance of the players," the Egypt assistant coach added.

The Pharaohs, who led Group D with 7 points, will face Morocco, who finished second in Group C with 6 point, in the quarterfinals on Sunday evening, with the winner playing either Tunisia or Burkina Faso in the semifinals.

"I prepared a report for the Morocco team and I handed it to Cuper," Fayez said.

"The report included the information about the best players in Morocco and their playing tactics." The Egypt national team assistant coach concluded.

The 2017 Africa Cup of Nations, which opened on 14 January, is set to end on 5 February.

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