Egypt national soccer coach, Hector Cuper is brimming with confidence that his foreign-based stars can get one over a Super Eagles side still coming to terms with their abrupt exit of Coach Sunday Oliseh.
With just about 12 days to the potentially decisive March 25 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Nigeria at the Ahmadu Bello Stadium, Kaduna, Egypt, who top Group C with six points from two games as against Eagles haul of four points are desperate to qualify for the continent’s flagship tournament since their last appearance in 2010, which they won.
In an interview with Al-Masry Al-Youm, Cuper tipped his foreign stars like Mohamed Salah of Roma and Mohamed Elneny of Arsenal to bring their wealth of experience to bear in the looming tago with Eagles.
“Salah and Eleny would prove a handful for the Nigerians. I am sure their wealth of experience playing for two top teams in Europe will count over the two matches against the Eagles”, said the Argentine-born coach.
Cuper praised Salah as “an exemplary professional, who excels with his own club and replicates his performance with the national side. That’s quite proven by the number of goals he scored in the World Cup qualifiers to top the scoring charts. He’s exactly like Amr Zaki and Mohamed Zidan who were impressing with both their respective foreign clubs and Egypt.”