Egypt manager Carlos Queiroz has hailed his players following their remarkable victory over Morocco and sent a message to Cameroon manager António Conceição ahead of the semi-finals.
Despite going a goal down against Morocco, the Pharaohs have managed to make it to the semi-finals with a 2-1 victory, thanks to goals from Mohamed Salah and Mahmoud Trezeguet.
Egypt now hold the record for the most semi-final appearances ever made, 16, overtaking Nigeria, who were knocked out by Tunisia in the last16.
But their main aim is to make it to the final and win the title, but first, they will come up against hosts Cameroon in the semi-finals on February 3 at the Olembe Stadium in Yaoundé in a repeat of the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations final.
Speaking after the Morocco game, Queiroz said: “I think the best compliment I can give the players is to thank them, they want to continue in the tournament and they want to reach the final.
“I have great players. We deserved to win today because we dominated the game after going behind.
“We want to represent Egypt better in the next match after beating a great team like Morocco, but now we are focusing on Cameroon.
“We are not a one-man team and I reject this description because the team plays collectively and everyone wants to win. We play together, we suffer together, we create opportunities together, and score together.
“Today Salah was great, but this is what is expected of the best player in the world, but there is teamwork, and everyone is working for one goal, whether on or off the pitch, and this is what develops performance.
“This is what I expect from this team, despite all the injuries we suffer from. There are many obstacles, but we have backup players with who we can win the title with.
“Cameroon manager António Conceição is working superbly with his team in the current tournament. I know him from Portugal because he is from my country.
Antonio is my friend and I wish him success in all the matches he plays with Cameroon, except for the next match against Egypt,” Queiroz concluded jokingly
This article was updated 7 months ago