BY Afeseh Apong
The head coach of the pharaohs of Egypt Carlos queiroz, has said it a previledge face the indomitable lions of Cameroon at the semi final of the Africa Nations Cup.
Egypt and Cameroon have a final ticket to punch on Thursday, which will decide who amongst them will face Senegal on Sunday in the closing ceremony of the 33rd edition of the Total Energies African cup of Nations.
Games between Cameroon and Egypt have always been mouthwatering, with the age_old rivalry between the continent’s most decorated teams dating as far back as the early 80s.
“It is a previledge to play against the host country. Cameroon has offered a formidable football show that will leave an important impact not only to Cameroon and Egypt, but also to international community. It is also an opportunity for us to show that African football has a lot of offer to the world,” Carlos Queiroz told the press during his press conference on Wednesday at Olembe stadium.
“We have 23 players who are ready to play tomorrow, and attend our objectives, he added.
Cameroon has had a brilliant run at the competition this far, winning four of their five games, drawing one. Vincent Aboubakar and Toko Ekambi have scored a combined 11 goals for Cameroon, who has the best attack in the competition this far.
Carlos Queiroz was asked if he is scared of Cameroon’s attacking threat.
“Fear does not exist in football dictionary, so the word that we have is respect. We have lots of respect for the Cameroon team. We have seen the strike force of the team, they have scored many goals but we’re ready for this match.
” Our strategy for tomorrow is simple and based on three points, run run run, play play play and we hope that with that strategy, we can win Cameroon.
Goalkeeper Mohammed El Shenawy was part of Egypt’s pre_match press conference, but will miss Thursday’s game following an injury he sustained against Ivory Coast in the round of 16. Defense kingpin Ahmed Hegazy has reportedly also been ruled out for the rest of the competition, while defender Marwan Mostafa Daoud has also been suspended by CAF for voilent conduct, following a general fight that broke out in the tunnel after Egypt’s quarter final win against Morocco.
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