AFCON 2021: Egypt eyes knockout phase as they take on Sudan in the Nile derby

Registering victory will be the main objective for the Egypt when they face off with Sudan on Wednesday at the Ahmadou Ahidjo Stadium.

The Pharaohs need just three points to ensure their progress to the Round of 16 of the ongoing TotalEnergies Africa Cup of Nations.

It will be a match that pits two countries with a well-known and historic rivalry against each other.

According to Egypt head coach Carlos Queiroz his charges are ready to win and progress to the next level.

“We respect all the teams in the tournament, and we are always focused on preparing the best possible squad for each match,” Queiroz said before adding.

“There are no cases of COVID-19 in the team, which is a wonderful thing. We are ready to play a big match against Sudan and qualify to the next round.”

“I am happy with the performance my players showed in the last match,” he added.

Egypt kicked off the tournament by losing 1-0 against Nigeria before getting their first win against Guinea-Bissau thanks to a solitary goal from Mohamed Salah.

This will be the sixth meeting between Egypt and Sudan in the tournament.

In the previous clashes, the Egyptians hold a three-match advantage over the Sudanese.

Their first four meetings took place between 1957 and 1970, while their last head-to-head dates back to 2008, with Egypt winning 3-0.

Elsewhere in group D, Nigeria face Guinea-Bissau in Garoua with the later seeking a victory that may secure it passage to the next round.

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