Egypt determined to qualify for Africa Cup, says assistant coach

Ahram Online, Monday 25 Jun 2012

Meteb, Abd-Rabou, El-Gabbas, Elmohammady, Ekrami and Moawad join national team's training camp ahead of decisive CAN qualifier against Central African Republic

Emad Meteab
Egypt's Hosni Abd Rabbou, right, celebrates with teammate Emad Meteab, left (Photo: AP)

The Egyptian national team have resumed their preparations for the 2013 African Cup of Nations (CAN) qualifier against Central Africa Republic (CAR) on 30 June.

The Pharaohs took a one-day break Sunday to witness the results of Egypt's first post-revolution presidential poll, which was won by the Muslim Brotherhood's Mohamed Morsi.

The training camp will be joined by Ahly striker Emad Meteb, who has recovered from injury; FC Basel’s Mohamed Salah; Lierse’s Dodi El-Gabbas; Sunderland’s Ahmed Elmohammady; Ittihad Jeddah’s Hosni Abd-Rabou, and Ahly's Sherif Ekrami and Sayed Moawad who left the club's Turkish training camp.

The winners of seven CAN trophies are in a do-or-die situation as they must beat CAR by two goals in Bangui to overturn their 3-2 home defeat in the first leg. 

“We are focusing now on the balance between attack and defence. We are aiming to reach the opponent’s target through the shortest route in order to get the upper hand in the anticipated clash,” assistant coach Dia’a El-Sayed told Ahram Online.

“Although the match will not be easy, the players are determined to beat CAR on their home soil to qualify for the next CAN tournament,” El-Sayed concluded.

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