The group draw for the 2022 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) took place on Tuesday morning in Yaoundé, Cameroon. The draw put Egypt in Group D alongside Nigeria, Sudan and Guinea-Bissau.
While the Pharaohs and the Green Eagles are considered as being favorites to finish top of their group and qualify for the round of 16, Egypt head caoch Hossam El-Badry believes that the task won’t be as easy.
“Our group was quite balanced and not easy due to the improvement of all these teams, who also have great players.” El-Badry told the press.
“I have great confidence in God and in the capabilities the players to overcome this group and perform well to satisfy the aspirations of the Egyptian fans.
“The coaching staff and I are thinking about each stage separately. Currently we are only focusing on the team’s journey in the World Cup qualifiers to achieve our target to qualify for the finals. As we already reached our first target, which was to qualify for the African Cup of Nations.
“All the partis involved in the national team, starting with the president of the federation, Ahmed Megahed and members of its normalization committee, passing through the players and members of the technical, administrative and medical staff, bear a great responsibility in satisfying the fans and fulfilling their aspirations to be present in the World Cup.
“This would be a great honor for everyone who contributes to this great achievement. I ask everyone to continue to support the national team in this difficult and exceptional period that Egyptian football is going through.” Concluded the coach.
The tounament is set to take place between 9 January 2022 and 6 February 2022 across five cities in Cameroon.