Egypt and Sudan seek to revive their fortunes in the round of 16 of Group D of African nations

Garoua (Cameroon): The Egyptian and Sudanese teams are trying to rekindle the hopes of qualifying for the round of 16 of the African Cup of Nations, in course in Cameroon, when they will play tomorrow, Saturday, the second round of the matches of the fourth round of the group stage of the continental competition. Egypt, which has the record of tournament victories with 7 titles, will face Guinea-Bissau, while Sudan, which won the tournament in 1970, will face Nigeria in a very difficult battle. The Nigerian team leads the group table with 3 points, after a 1-0 victory over their Egyptian counterpart last Tuesday in the first round, while Sudan and Guinea Bissau share second place with one point, after a goalless draw. and Egypt is in bottom of the points classification. The tournament roster provides that the leader and runner-up of each group will qualify for the round of 16, as well as the 4 best third-placed finishers in the six first round groups. There is no alternative in front of the Egyptian team other than to win the three points in the first match in its history against the Guinea-Bissau team, which for the third consecutive time participates in the African Nations, to recover and balance again, and reconcile his fans, who were very disappointed after the poor performance he made against Nigeria, who could have won more goals than the (Pharaohs), were it not for the genius of Mohamed El-Shennawy, the Egyptian goalkeeper, who brilliantly saved more than one chance for the team (Green Soaring Eagles). This was the first defeat the Egyptian team suffered in its opening match in the African Nations since the same-result defeat against Senegal in the competition version in 2002, and it is also the first defeat they have suffered in the group stage. in tournament from the 2-1 defeat against Algeria in the competition version in 2014. 2004 in Tunisia. And the Portuguese coach Carlos Queiroz, coach of the Egyptian national team, who took responsibility for it last September, succeeding local coach Hossam El-Badry, realizes that the achievement of a result other than victory will intensify the criticisms addressed to him by all followers of Egyptian football, especially after the team failed to score in goal During the last three games in various competitions, he continued to fast for about 5 hours. Since a 3/1 victory over Jordan following the extension of the Arabian Cup quarter-finals, which took place in the Qatari capital Doha last month, the Egyptian team has not been in able to score any goals, not even against the Tunisian team in their confrontation with the semi-finals of the tournament, which ended with the victory of (Carthage Eagles) 1/0, as well as against Qatar in the match to determine the third and fourth place in the same competition, finished in negative draw in the original and extra time, decided by the team (Al Annabi) in his favor on penalties. The Egyptian team’s goalless sterility continued in Nigeria’s encounter with African Nations, despite its overseas professional stars joining its ranks in the tournament, led by Liverpool star and Premier League top scorer Mohamed Salah English in this season, which is to compete with the Argentine Lionel Messi and the Pole Robert Lewandowski to win the award as the best player in the world (The Best) for the year 2021, presented by the International Federation of Football Associations (FIFA). Queiroz was the subject of a ferocious media attack, which accused him of causing the Egyptian team’s modest performance during his recent matches, due to his inability to manage matches and his poor selection of players or their good employment. in field, especially after he decided to make several changes to their positions during the meeting in Nigeria, which negatively affected the team’s performance, much to the frustration of the fans. The Egyptian team will have to pay attention to the Guinea-Bissau team, close to three points against the Sudanese counterpart in the last round, who dreams of getting a surprise and climbing to the African Nations playoffs for the first time in its history. 46 years after the last game in the African Nations, the Sudanese team returns to face the Nigerian counterpart in the competition, hoping in a positive result from the meeting despite the difficult task that awaits them. The Sudanese team, who returned to participate in the tournament after 10 years of absence, performed well against Guinea Bissau, collecting a valuable point that would have been lost if it were not for the ingenuity of their goalkeeper Ali Abu Ashrin, who saved. a penalty 10 minutes from the end. And all the winning cards with Burhan Teh, the coach of the Sudanese team, will be completely ready for the match, after the negative streak suffered by all players before match, but the team (Hawk Al-Jedyan) will be expected to stand up to the Nigerian team, which appeared beautifully in the tournament. Despite the absence of many of its African Nations stars, led by Victor Osimhen, Italian Napoli star, and veteran Odion Ighalo, as well as Emmanuel Dennis, English Watford player, but the Nigerian team presented his credentials in anticipation of competing vigorously for the continental title which he crowned in 1980, 1994 and 2013. Nigeria, led by their temporary local manager, Agustin Iguavon, are looking to win tomorrow to secure their rise to the playoffs without waiting for the result of his meeting next Wednesday in the last round of the group against Guinea Bissau. This will be the third match between Sudanese and Nigerian teams in African Nations, where the start was in the fourth edition of the tournament which took place in 1963. in Ghana, and the confrontation ended in that moment with the victory of the 4 Sudanese -0, before the Nigerian team responded with a 1-0 victory in the other match that took place between them in the championship version in 1976 in Ethiopia. The last match played between the two teams in various tournaments dates back to October 2014, when they faced each other in the qualifiers for the African Cup of Nations in Equatorial Guinea, where Nigeria won 3/1. (Dpa)