Egypt vows to avoid past mistakes, realise World Cup dreams

Ahmed Abd El Rasoul , Sunday 16 Jun 2013

Pharaohs assistant coach Diaa El-Sayed promises to avoid team's past mistakes in hopes of seeing Egypt's dream of World Cup qualification come true

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Egypt's coach Diaa El-Sayed (Photo: AP)

Egypt's technical staff has vowed to avoid Sunday's mistakes against Mozambique and continue the team's successful campaign towards a spot in the 2014 World Cup.

In-form Basel striker Mohamed Salah maintained his blistering goal-scoring run to give Egypt a 1-0 victory over Mozambique, securing a place in the final World Cup qualifying round with one game to spare.

"We're very happy about reaching the final round of the African qualifications, but the hardest part is yet to come," Pharaohs assistant coach Diaa El-Sayed said after the game.

"Winning the match to reach the next round as group leaders was our target, and we managed to achieve it," he added. "But we need full support, especially from the media."

"We made some mistakes against Mozambique, but we will work on avoiding them in the future with a view to fulfilling the Egyptian dream of reaching the World Cup," El-Sayed concluded.

Under the guidance of American coach Bob Bradley, Egypt is now in the running for World Cup qualification for the first time since 1990.

Egypt are currently on top of Group G with a maximum of 15 points from five games. They boast an unassailable eight-point lead over second-placed Guinea, who played one game less.

Even a victory over Zimbabwe later on Sunday, however, would not gain them an advantage.

Mozambique lie second from the bottom with two points, one ahead of Zimbabwe.

The African draw for the final round, involving the ten group winners from round two, will be made on 16 September in Cairo. The five best-placed sides from the world rankings of 12 September will be seeded for the draw.

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