Tunisia's national soccer team coach Georges Leekens (Photo: Reuters)
Tunisia boss Georges Leekens says Egypt’s unimpressive performance as of late are not an indication of deteriorated form, asserting that they remain a big name in Africa ahead of both sides' African Cup of Nations (CAN) qualifier on Wednesday.
An out-of-sorts Egypt were handed a 2-0 away defeat to Senegal in their Group G opener, as the Pharaohs bid to reach the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations after missing out on the biennial tournament's two latest editions.
"Egypt's latest results cannot be taken as indication that their form has deteriorated, they're still a big African name," Belgian boss Leekens said in the pre-match news conference.
"The pressure on the team and staff following their defeat in Senegal could prove a positive factor and not a negative one; it could motivate them even further to beat us,” he added.
"I hope both sides produce a big game; Egypt has a good squad,” the tactician added.
Record seven-time African champions Egypt have come under fierce criticism as of late following a rusty display against Senegal days ago.
Shawky Gharib's men are believed to be lacking the quality that once helped the previous generation embark on a glorious era, which saw them chalk up three consecutive CAN titles in the past decade.
Egypt, led by Chelsea winger Mohamed Salah, will have no option but to secure a win over their North African rivals if they are to keep their chances of a CAN qualification alive.
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