Wednesday Jan 22, 2020. 14:00
Egypt manager Hossam El Badry has expressed his confidence of reaching Qatar 2022 following the draw for Africa’s second round of World Cup qualifiers.
The event in Cairo on Tuesday evening saw Egypt placed in Group F alongside Gabon, Libya and Angola. The draw is made up of 10 groups of four teams each, with the winners of each group advancing into the final playoff round.
Egypt notably returned to the World Cup stage in 2018 (after an absence of almost three decades) and El Badry believes a second consecutive appearance at the global event is within the Pharaohs’ reach.
“There are no easy groups, the competition will be fierce as all teams want to qualify for the third round,” El-Badry told the EFA website, as quoted by KingFut.
“We will qualify to the next round depending on our players’ form on both the technical and physical level. We highly believe that we can qualify for the World Cup for the second time in a row.
“We have to look back at our history and remember the number of groups we considered ‘easy’ before they ended up being quite difficult which stopped the national team from qualifying.
“Gabon have a strong squad with many of their players currently playing in Europe. As well as Libya, who have many players in many Arab leagues. As for Angola many of their teams compete in the top African tournaments.
“We believe in our players’ abilities and their desire to qualify for the World Cup. But we need to repeat all the countries in our group and we’ll work hard to properly prepare for these encounters,” he concluded.
The second round (group stage) will get underway in October 2020 and run for a year, before the winners of each group play in five two-legged third round (playoff) ties, set for November 2021.