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After a fantastic start, beating Nigeria 3-1 in Group C’s opener, Egypt face Mozambique knowing that a victory would secure qualification. It is an all too different story for their opponents however, as they will feel they need to come away with something if they are to surpass expectations and obtain a quarter-final spot.
The Pharaohs will be confident going into a match they are fully expected to win; being made as much as 1-4 favourites for the encounter by some bookmakers. And the match against Nigeria was pretty much as …

Egypt’s away shirt for the 2010 African Cup of Nations, which could debut against Mozambique on the 16th of January, pays reverence to Egypt’s eminent history. The gold highlights the wealth and love of the luxury in Ancient Egypt. The three Puma logos on the shirt are in black, and so are the six stars representing the Pharaohs’ six ANC successes, going with the shirt like… well, like black and gold.

The shirt also features white triangular cuffs, and thin red and white paintbrush stripes down the front, which give it …

In Group C’s opener, goals from Emad Moteab, Ahmed Hassan and Mohamed ‘Gedo’ Nagy ensured Chinedu Obasi’s early openener accounted for nothing more than a mere consolation.
Both sides started brightly, keeping possession well, but only 12 minutes had passed before Egypt were undone by the pace of Obasi. The young 1899 Hoffenheim striker cut onto his left foot before striking a sweet shot that nestled itself in the back of the net.
From then on nobody really took the game by storm, with both sides unwilling, and seemingly unable, to concede …

Egypt go into their opening match of the African Cup of Nations, against Nigeria on the 12th January, knowing that it is unlikely to decide their fate with regards to progression from Group C. When the Pharaohs hunt the Super Eagles, the winners will become firm favourites to top the group, but the side that are defeated will still be confident of progression.
Nigeria will have been disappointed with their failure to progress past the quarter-final stage in 2008, as they certainly have the quality in their squad. The battle of …

As Puma continue their dominance in the African market, Egypt are one of eleven teams on the continent whose kits for the 2010 African Cup of Nations have been manufactured by the brand. The home shirt, which is in Egypt’s traditional red, will be accompanied by white shorts and black socks. The home colours will be used in their group clashes with Nigeria and Benin.

The mesh material covering both sleeves and part of the back of the shirt are clearly built to combat the tough climates posed by Angola. The …

When Hassan Shehata announced the group of players that would travel to Angola, the headlines were created by the absences rather than the inclusions. Mohamed Aboutrika, the epitome of the Egyptian side, is the biggest blow as he misses out due to injury. In a skilful midfield with technique that goes against the African grain, Aboutrika can unlock many a defence. Forward pair Amir Zaki and wandering minstrel Mido have also been excluded from the squad.
The complete squad:
Goalkeepers: Essam Al-Hadari (Ismaili), Abdelwahed Al-Sayed (Zamalek), Mahmoud Aboul-Saoud (Mansoura).
Defenders: Hani Said (Zamalek), …

The past decade has seen Egypt begin to regard themselves as the omnipotent force in African football. But now the ‘Pharaohs’ will have to recover from another punishing blow on the world stage, as World Cup qualification still eludes them, if they want to retain their title for a third successive year.
Lies, Damned Lies and Statistics
When Egypt won the tournament they hosted in 2006, the odd eyebrow was raised as to the credentials of the new African champions; with the side scraping through to the final after defeating Senegal 2-1, …