Saturday Jan 07, 2017. 14:00
Hull City defender Ahmed Elmohamady says Egypt want to take the Africa Cup of Nations trophy back to the North African country after missing the last three editions of the tournament.
The Pharaohs will be making a return to the AFCON after missing the 2012, 2013 and 2015 finals. Their last appearance at the tournament was in Angola 2010 when they claimed the trophy for a third successive time (and record-extending seventh overall).
“[Coach Hector] Cuper told us that all of Africa is following Egypt after our two victories in the World Cup qualifiers and also because we won the title three times in a row during the past period that we participated in the competition,” the 29-year-old told ON E channel, as quoted by KingFut.
“I hope to feature more for Egypt in the AFCON because being with my national team in such a big event. We need support of the nation. We will attempt to win the African competition and we wish to return to Egypt in February with the trophy.
“All nations value the Egyptian national team. The team has great players right now and all of them aim to have a big role in our campaign,” he concluded.
Egypt will open their Group D campaign at the AFCON in Gabon with a match against Mali in Port-Gentil on January 17.