Egypt’s national coach Hector Cuper has stated his team will do its best to win the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations finals which kicks off in Gabon on 14 January.

Under the helm of Argentinean coach Hector Cuper, the Pharaohs will be based in Port-Gentil for their group stage matches and they face tough competition alongside Ghana, Mali, and Uganda in Group D.

“I always ask the player to give 100% of his effort to win every match, regardless of its importance,” said Hector Cuper, coach of the Egyptian national team. “We are going to Gabon, and we want to win the competition.”

The Pharaohs are the most successful side in the history of the African football tournament and has won the cup a record seven times.

It, however, missed the last three editions after winning the trophy in Angola in 2010.

“People are asking me questions on the street about the World Cup, but winning the AFCON is also important, we will never think that the African championship is not important, we will try to do our best.”

The Hector Cuper’s Squad:

Keepers:

Ahmed El-Shennawi (Zamalek), Essam El-Hadary (Wadi Degla), Mohamed Awad (Ismaily) and Sherif Ekramy (Ahly).

Defenders:
Ahmed Dwidar (Zamalek), Ahmed Elmohamady (Hull City, England), Ahmed Fathi (Ahly), Ahmed Hegazy (Ahly), Ali Gabr (Zamalek), Hamada Tolba (Masry), Karim Hafez (Racing Club de Lens – France), Mohamed Abdel-Shafi (Ahly Jeddah, Saudi Arabia), Omar Gaber (FC Basel, Switzerland) and Saad Samir (Ahly).

Midfielders:
Abdallah El-Said (Ahly), Ahmed Gomaa (Masry), Amr Warda (Panetolikos, Greece), Ibrahim Salah (Zamalek), Mahmoud ‘Trezeguet’ Hassan (Mouscron, Belgium), Mohamed Elneny (Arsenal, England), Mohamed Ibrahim (Zamalek), Tarek Hamed (Zamalek) and Ramadan Sobhi (Stoke City, England)

Forwards:
Ahmed Hassan ‘Kouka’ (Braga, Portugal), Mahmoud Abdel-Moneim ‘Kahraba’ (Ahly Jeddah, Saudi Arabia), Marwan Mohsen (Ahly) and Mohamed Salah (AS Roma, Italy).

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