AFCON 2021: ‘We are learning from each game’ – Hegazi

Egypt national team centre-back Ahmed Hegazi has opened up about the Africa Cup of Nations journey, and how they aim to improve from game to game.

Egypt have recently qualified to the Africa Cup of Nations Round of 16 after coming second in the Group stage behind Nigeria who topped Group E.

The Pharaohs kicked off their campaign with a disappointing defeat against the Super Eagles.

But they reacted by beating Guinea-Bissau and Sudan to collect six points from the three opening games.

Despite the two victories, many have criticized the Egyptian national team’s performance.

Many spectators claimed that Egypt’s poor shows will not take the Pharaohs far in the tournament.

However, according to Hegazi, the AFCON record champions aims to keep learning to improve from game to game.

“I think we have very good players at finishing. We were just unlucky today and in the next games we will be much, much better and we have to practice for everything,” Hegazi said.

“We are learning from every game we play – losing or winning, we have to learn and prepare for the next game.”

“What we’ve learned is there is no small team in Africa now, so every team is organised and every team has good coaches. Every team is a strong team, all have something, so we have to accept this.”

Egypt will lock horns with Ivory Coast in the round of last 16.

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