The Egyptian captain Mohamed Salah has played down his team’s chances to win the African Cup of Nations in Cameroon.
The Liverpool forward says the Egyptian Pharaohs are under pressure to win the tournament in Cameroon.
The Pharaohs will kick start their AFCON journey when they play the Super Eagles of Nigeria at the Roumdé Adjia Stadium in Garoua today.
Egypt last won the competition in 2010 when they defeated Ghana by a lone goal in Angola and will be hoping to claim a record eighth trophy by February 6.
Salah Decries Pressure to Win
The 29-year-old frontman believes that the pressure to reclaim the title is enormous, but they, as players, are prepared to take the games one at a time.
“We are not the favourites to win the Africa Cup of Nations, but we will do our best to reclaim the title,” Salah said during the pre-match press conference.
“I have not won a major championship with my country, and I would like to do that, and I hope that it will be this African Nations Cup.
“There is great pressure from the Egyptian public because we are the best in the continent in terms of achieving the title.”
Meanwhile, the head coach of Egypt, Carlos Queiroz, says they are prepared to play seven games in the competition and hopefully win them.
“We have a lot of players that are competing among themselves for a starting position, and that’s great because we came here to play seven games.
“Our ambition is straightforward. Win all the matches.”