August 8, 2022

AFCON 2019: Not easy for Egypt to play in front of 75,000 fans

By Clive Kyazze

There is something special when the Egyptian national team is playing at the Cairo International Stadium at the ongoing 2017 Total Africa Cup of Nations.

The 75,000-capacity sitter is full to the rafters and the atmosphere they create is one that evokes goosebumps even for the opposition fans, it’s electric.

But not only for the opposition, looks like even the Pharaohs struggle in front of their own fans who want to see their team do well and individual players standout.

“It is not easy to play in front of 70,000 fans,” Egypt’s coach Javier Aguirre revealed at the post-match press conference on Sunday after this sides 2-0 over Uganda.

“They always put pressure on the players to score from every chance and winning the game, which isn’t easy for the players’ to deal with.”

“The fans will always demand nothing but the victory, I believe we just need some confidence in our abilities, and that’s what we will work on,” Aguirre noted.

Although shot stopper Mohamed El-Shennawy thinks otherwise; “Our fans are the number one player on the field and not number 12,” the Al Ahly custodian was quoted by www.fingfut.com.

“We find them in every match supporting us greatly, which is what drives us to win our matches. We need to maintain our good results until the end in order to win the championship, which is our clear goal,” he added.

Mohamed Salah gave Egypt the lead after just 36 minutes before eventual Total man of the match Ahmed Elmohamady made it 2-0 with three minutes to the break.

The win took Egypt to nine points qualifying for the Round of 16 as group winners as they chase record eighth African title.

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