'Lads, we reached the final four due to your sacrifices': Egypt coach Queiroz hails players ahead of Cameroon clash

Egypt’s coach Carlos Queiroz has hailed his players’ "commitment and sacrifices" ahead of Thursday’s anticipated African Cup of Nations semi-final against hosts Cameroon, insisting that the Pharaohs’ ambitious attitude is the road to the prestigious title.

Ahmed Abd El Rasoul , Tuesday 1 Feb 2022,
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Egypt s goalkeeper Mohamed Abogabal (C) speaks to Egypt coach Queiroz (L) before extra time during the Africa Cup of Nations (CAN) 2021 quarter-final football match between Egypt and Morocco at Stade Ahmadou Ahidjo in Yaounde on January 30, 2022. AFP

“Lads, we have reached the final four due to your commitment and sacrifices for your Egyptian jersey,” the 68-year-old Portuguese coach wrote on Twitter early on Tuesday.

The Pharaohs defeated Morocco 2-1 in the quarterfinal on Sunday to book a place at the prestigious tournament’s semis.

“Well done. I am sure you won more respect from your real supporters. With our humble and ambitious attitude, while others keep talking, we keep walking to our goals and dreams,” the former Portugal and Iran coach added.

Under the guidance of Queiroz, Egypt opened their AFCON group stage campaign with a 0-1 loss to Nigeria, before beating Guinea Bissau 1-0 in the second round then defeating Sudan 1-0 in the last round.

The Pharaohs continued their success in the round of 16, defeating Cote d’Ivoire 5-4 on penalties.

They then secured a comeback 2-1 win over Morocco in the quarterfinals.

The record seven-time African champions Egypt are seeking their first African Cup of Nations title since 2010, while Cameroon seek their sixth-ever AFCON title since their last one in 2017.

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Cameroon
2 1 0 7
Burkina Faso
1 1 1 4
Cape Verde
1 1 1 4
Ethiopia
0 1 2 1
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Senegal
1 2 0 5
Guinea
1 1 1 4
Malawi
1 1 1 4
Zimbabwe
1 0 2 3
Group C W D L P
Morocco
2 1 0 7
Gabon
1 2 0 5
Comoros
1 0 2 3
Ghana
0 1 2 1
Group D W D L P
Nigeria
3 0 0 9
Egypt
2 0 1 6
Sudan
0 1 2 1
Guinea Bissau
0 1 2 1
Group E W D L P
Cote d Ivoire
2 1 0 7
Equatorial Guinea
2 0 1 6
Sierra Leone
0 2 1 2
Algeria
0 1 2 1
Group F W D L P
Mali
2 1 0 7
Gambia
2 1 0 7
Tunisia
1 0 2 3
Mauritania
0 0 3 0