The national football team of Egypt flew to Brazzaville on a private jet to take on Congo in their opening 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier to kick-start their campaign.
Hector Cuper, the head coach of Egypt has named nine foreign-based players in his 24-man squad for their opener clash with Congo.
The Argentine national is hoping for a win for the Pharaoahs as he believes that Congo is not too strong compare to the seven times Nations Cup champions.
Let be realistic about the facts, we are a better side than them and have more chances of qualifying to the FIFA World Cup in Russia compare to Congo, says Hector Cuper during the pre-match conference.
My statement doesn’t mean that 100 percent Egypt is going to win, big teams do get upsets and I’m only talking on the base of current form and I believe that we are better.
However, this is an important game for us, because opening games in any of the tournament are difficult.
A win over Congo will boost the morale of the players ahead of their crucial second game against the Black Stars of Ghana on November 13.
Meanwhile, Uganda holds the giants of Africa, Black Stars to a goalless draw in their opening game at Tamale on Friday, which means both Egypt and Congo have a chance to top the Group with a win in their game tonight.
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