Thursday Jan 06, 2022. 13:00
Legendary Egyptian goalkeeper Essam El-Hadary has rallied The Pharoahs to show character in Cameroon as they seek to end a twelve-year AFCON drought.
El-Hadary, who is now the record seven-time AFCON champions’ goalkeeper trainer, told Egyptian Football Association media that they must be ready to beat the best for them to be the best in Cameroon.
“For a team that wants to win the African Cup of Nations, it should not matter who they face. There is no such thing as small teams in Africa, “El-Hadary said.
“To go far, you need to have a specific target in your mind. For us, this means winning the tournament.
“We need to be careful and take it one game at a time. It’s a step by step process.”
El-Hadary was part of the team that won Egypt’s last AFCON title in Angola in 2010 and is himself a winner of The Pharaohs’ last four crowns.
Interestingly, his fellow 2010 gold medal winner Wael Gomaa is also part of the current backroom staff in Cameroon as The Pharoah’s team manager.
El Hadary later returned for one last time in 2017 to win silver when Egypt lost 2-1 to Cameroon in Gabon.
Meanwhile, the best of the best is what Egypt are up against on match-day-one in Group D January 11 when they play the final-before-the-final against three-time champions Nigeria.