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09:23    04 Jan 2017

We will try to win AFCON – Egypt coach

Egypt coach Hector Cuper has explained that his side will try their best to win the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon.

The Pharaohs are returning to the continental competition for the first time since winning their seventh title at the 2010 tournament in Angola.

Cuper is under pressure to deliver a strong performance but insists that they are prepared for what awaits them in Group D when they face Mali, Uganda and Ghana.

"We are ready and enthusiastic for the African Cup finals. We will try to deliver our best to achieve good results," the Argentinian coach said in a press conference on Saturday.

"I wish I could have included many other players, but I am obliged to select a certain number," added Cuper, who recently announced a 27-man preliminary squad for the tournament.

The Pharaohs boss added, "In Egypt I always feel that I am facing a test to succeed or to fail. What I say is that we will try to win the African Cup title.

"We work with transparency and we try to be fair in every situation, but, at the end, it is impossible to satisfy all people. We need the support of the media.

"I always ask every player to deliver his best. I will go to win in Gabon - the fact I’m trying to stress on with my players. The tournament is important and I know well that fans adore trophies.”

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