Hegazi highlights Capital Cup importance for Pharaohs and fans

Ahram Online , Tuesday 26 Mar 2024

Egypt captain Ahmed Hegazi recognizes the significance of the Egypt Capital Cup as an opportunity for the Pharaohs to regain the confidence of their fans following their disappointing performance in the Africa Cup of Nations.

Egypt s defender Ahmed Hegazi. Photo: AFP


Egypt is set to face Croatia in the final of the friendly tournament on Tuesday at the newly inaugurated stadium in the Egyptian capital, with the Pharaohs aiming to clinch the title.

The Capital Cup marks the Pharaohs' first appearance since their elimination from the round of 16 in the Africa Cup of Nations, where they suffered a penalty shootout defeat against DR Congo in February.

"The Capital Cup provides us with a chance to reconcile with the fans and regain their trust," Hegazi told FIFA on Tuesday.

"It is an opportunity to face teams with different philosophies and prepare the country for upcoming major tournaments. It also allows the fans to enjoy watching top-level players, which enhances the game."

The Egyptian national team is currently preparing for the 2026 World Cup qualifiers, scheduled to start in June.

Hegazi heaped praise on the Pharaohs' new coach, Hossam Hassan, who took charge last month following the departure of Portuguese coach Rui Vitoria.

"The team is led by Hossam Hassan, one of the legends of Egyptian football who previously participated in the 1990 World Cup and won the African Cup of Nations three times."

"He is a great player and a great coach, and he always motivates players in a perfect way." he concluded

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