Egypt captain Mohamed Salah has said that the Pharaohs are under pressure to win the Cameroon 2021 Africa Cup of Nations.
The Pharaohs are scheduled to open their AFCON campaign against Nigeria on Tuesday (today) at the Roumdé Adjia Stadium in Garoua, but fans will be hoping for a record eighth triumph on February 6.
Egypt last won the title in 2010 and the Liverpool striker believes that while the expectation to recapture the trophy is immense, the players are prepared to handle each game individually.
“We are not the favourites to win the Africa Cup of Nations, but we will do our best to reclaim the title,” Salah said during the pre-match press conference.
“I have not won a major championship with my country, and I would like to do that, and I hope that it will be this African Nations Cup.
“There is great pressure from the Egyptian public because we are the best in the continent in terms of achieving the title.”
Meanwhile, Egypt’s head coach, Carlos Queiroz, has stated that his team is prepared to play seven games in the competition and win all of them.
“We have a lot of players that are competing among themselves for a starting position, and that’s great because we came here to play seven games.
“Our ambition is very simple. Win all the matches.”