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Egypt seeks eighth title in Cote d’Ivoire

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Egypt is set to participate in the  Africa Cup of Nations for the 26th time making it the team with the highest number of appearances.

 

  • Egypt will participate in the TotalEnergies Africa Cup of Nations for the 26th time in its history
  • The Pharaohs are in Group B alongside Mozambique, Ghana, and Cape Verde.
  • Egypt holds the record for the most titles won with SEVEN trophies in its cabinet

 

The Pharaohs hold the record for the most titles won in Africa’s flagship football cxompetition with seven final triumphs.

Egypt also holds the record for hosting the tournament more times than any other country, having staged the event five times, with the latest being in 2019.

The Egyptian national team, the runner-up in the last edition in 2021, aims to reclaim continental glory and return to the winner’s podium, which it hasn’t reached since the 2010 edition in Angola.

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The seven-time winners have been placed in Grpup B to face Mozambique, Ghana, and Cape Verde.

Egypt’s Group B matches

January 14, 2024
– Egypt vs. Mozambique at 17:00 GMT, Felix Houphouet-Boigny Stadium, Abidjan.

January 18, 2024
– Egypt vs. Ghana at 20:00 GMT, Felix Houphouet-Boigny Stadium, Abidjan.

January 22, 2024
– Cape Verde vs. Egypt at 20:00 GMT, Felix Houphouet-Boigny Stadium, Abidjan.

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How Egypt Qualified

The Egyptian national team finished top of Group D of the qualifiers, accumulating 15 points from winning 5 matches and losing one match. The defeat occurred in the away match against Ethiopia in the second round. Egypt’s attack scored a total of 10 goals, while its defence conceded only three goals.

Player to Watch: Omar Marmoush

Egyptian forward Omar Marmoush, who plays for Eintracht Frankfurt in the German Bundesliga, is one of the key players to watch in Cote d’Ivoire. The 24-year-old, known for his versatility as a left-winger and a striker, possesses speed, excellent dribbling skills, and the ability to easily penetrate the opponent’s defence. Marmoush aims to showcase his technical abilities during the competition and demonstrate his goal-scoring prowess.

Coach: Rui Vitoria

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The Egyptian Football Association appointed Portuguese coach Rui Vitoria as the head coach of the national team in July 2022. The 53-year-old coach seeks to lead the Egyptian team to its eighth continental title, especially after reaching the final as the runner-up in the previous edition in 2021. Vitoria’s coaching style emphasises intense pressure and direct attacking play, particularly in the first half, while focusing on defensive solidity and counter-attacks in the second half.

Egypt’s Record in  Africa Cup of Nations 

– 1957: Champion
– 1959: Champion
– 1962: Runner-up
– 1963: Bronze Medal
– 1970: Bronze Medal
– 1972: Did not qualify
– 1974: Bronze Medal
– 1980: Fourth Place
– 1984: Fourth Place
– 1986: Champion
– 1988: Group Stage
– 1990: Group Stage
– 1992: Group Stage
– 1994: Quarter-finals
– 1996: Quarter-finals
– 1998: Champion
– 2000: Quarter-finals
– 2002: Quarter-finals
– 2004: Group Stage
– 2006: Champion
– 2008: Champion
– 2010: Champion
– 2012: Did not qualify
– 2013: Did not qualify
– 2015: Did not qualify
– 2017: Runner-up
– 2019: Round of 16
– 2021: Runner-up

 

 

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Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and Africa's most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022. He was honoured at the Qatar 2022 World Cup by FIFA and AIPS.

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