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Sports World News of Wednesday, 25 January 2017


AFCON: Egypt look to seal quarterfinal berth

Egypt will look to confirm a place in the Africa Cup of Nations quarterfinals when they face already-qualified Ghana on Wednesday January 24.

The Group D clash will take place at the Stade de Port-Gentil.

The Pharaohs have claimed four points in the pool thus far and stand on the verge of joining Ghana in the last eight. Hector Cuper’s side need only a draw to ensure they cannot be overhauled by Mali, who face eliminated Uganda in a concurrent match in Oyem.

A win will be even better for the North Africans, allowing them to leapfrog into top spot and ensure they remain in Port-Gentil and face the runners-up of Group C.

“Winning and qualifying to the next round are more important than the performance,” veteran goalkeeper Essam El-Hadary told beIN Sports after Egypt’s 1-0 win over Uganda on Saturday.

“I want to thank all the players for their performance in today’s match despite the poor state of the pitch,” the 44-year-old said.

“We’ve an important game against Ghana in [a few days] days and we hope to secure qualification to the next round.”

Ghana may already be through to the last eight, but they won’t take it easy against Egypt. Having recently lost to the Pharaohs in a 2018 World Cup qualifier, the chance to put them out of the tournament is one they will be itching to capitalise on.