The national team coach of Egypt Hector Cuper hopes the love and admiration he receives in the north African nation will help him overcome the threat of Nigeria and other countries in the qualification race to the 2017 African Cup of Nations and the 2018 World Cup.
Cuper who previously coached La Liga side Villarreal, the former club of Super Eagles striker Ikechukwu Uche said: "Reaching the World Cup and winning the African Cup of Nations is what every Egyptian wants," Egyptian website, kingfut.com quotes Cuper as saying.
“I have big faith in this group of players, but we’re nowhere near where we want to be at this time. We need to work hard. There aren’t any divisions in the national team dressing room, and I don’t have issues with any of the Egyptian Premier League managers.
"I have talked with Ferreira and Garrido. I’ve coordinated with Hossam El Badry to avoid clashes over player selections.”
Cuper further spoke of the passion amongst the fan base.
“People in Egypt adore football. I was surprised; I knew that this was the case in Argentina, Italy, Greece, and Turkey, but this was a surprise to me.
"This is all in spite of the empty stands. I thank football for introducing me to this country.”
“I’ve never felt like a foreigner here, even though I don’t speak the language. Arabic is a very difficult language, but Egyptians are a very helpful people. I’ve seen it firsthand. There’s a lot of love everywhere," he went on.
Egypt will play two friendlies against Senegal and Zambia on October 8 and 11, same days Nigeria will take on Congo and Cameroon respectively in Brussels .