There are no big or small names anymore, says Egypt coach Bradley

Mohamad Mosselhi , Wednesday 13 Jun 2012

Nothing should be taken for granted as Egypt host Central Africa in an African Nations Cup qualifier on Friday, says coach Bob Bradley

Bob Bradley

Egypt coach Bob Bradley has sounded a cautious note ahead of his side's opening African Cup of Nations qualifier at home to minnows Central Africa on Friday.

The match, which was initially scheduled to take place in February but was postponed in the wake of the Port Said tragedy, will be played at Borg El-Arab Stadium in Alexandria behind closed doors due to security concerns.

The same stadium hosted Egypt's 2-0 victory over Mozambique in the World Cup qualifiers on the first of June.

"It's not going to be easy. African football has developed enormously in the past few years and there's no big or small names anymore. We need a convincing win to feel safe before the return leg in a fortnight,'' former United States boss Bradley told the official website of the Confederation of African Football (CAF).

The Pharaohs will play the second leg on 29 June in Bangui.  

"I know they are a good team and had a good campaign in the last edition of qualifiers where they had some good results against the likes of Morocco and Algeria. As I said before African football has developed a lot and there are no minnows on the continent anymore. I followed some games for Central African Republic and they're a respectable team," he added.

Central Africa defeated Algeria 2-0 and held Morocco to a draw in their 2012 Nations Cup qualifying campaign.

Meanwhile, Bradley was full of praise of his players following two successive wins in the 2014 World Cup qualifiers, saying the recent results would boost their morale before the Central Africa game.

Egypt opened their campaign with an easy win over Mozambique before claiming a thrilling 3-2 away victory over Guinea, thanks to a stoppage-time goal from promising forward Mohamed Salah.

 "The credit goes to the players, they did their best to achieve these results," Bradley commented.

"Surely those victories will benefit us psychologically, as our players confidence is sky high now. They are committed to do their best to qualify firstly to the Cup of Nations and then the World Cup. We have put the World Cup qualifications aside now and we're focused on the coming games against Central African Republic."

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