Africa Cup of Nations: Egypt coach Javier Aguirre sets out demands for Mohamed Salah and Co.

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Egypt coach Javier Aguirre is looking for improvement from his players when the hosts resume their Africa Cup of Nations campaign against DR Congo on Wednesday.

Egypt, who are bidding for a record-extending eighth title, won by a single goal against Zimbabwe in their Group A opener in front of 70,000 people.

Defender Ahmed Hegazi is fit to play after picking up a head injury, and Aguirre said on cafonline.com: “DR Congo could have done more in their first game, same for us against Zimbabwe.

“I hope we could have a better performance. Our target is the three points to qualify to the next round.”

DR Congo suffered a shock loss to Uganda in their opening match, leaving their qualification hopes in jeopardy.

Coach Florent Ibenge said: “We had a bad game and deserved to lose against Uganda. Now we have to do it the hard way.

“It’s going to be a very difficult game for us but we will do our best. We will play to have the best result despite the fact that Egypt is playing at home. We will not adopt a defensive method because we want to qualify.”

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Samuel Kalu has been declared fit for Nigeria’s Africa Cup of Nations clash with Guinea on Wednesday.

The striker was rushed to hospital after collapsing during training last Friday amid fears of a heart problem but he was subsequently diagnosed with dehydration.

Kalu missed Nigeria’s opening victory over Burundi as a precaution but could play a part against Guinea.

Coach Gernot Rohr said on dailypost.ng: “Samuel Kalu had an MRI and he is declared 100 per cent fit and will be available for the game.”

Rohr also revealed Odion Ighalo will be in the starting line-up after scoring the winner against Burundi off the bench.

“Ighalo is very fit now and will start the game,” the German added.

Guinea’s hopes of reaching the knockout stages were not helped by an opening draw with Madagascar.

Liverpool midfielder Naby Keita said: “I think we have to play forward and we have to try to play with aggression. In this kind of tournament, do not give the opportunity to the opponent.

“We need to throw everything into the match against Nigeria in order for us to win and remain in the competition.”

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Matt Monaghan 25/06/2019
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Four time winners Ghana, looked ahead on Monday on the eve of their opening Africa Cup of Nations match against Benin at the Ismailia Stadium in Egypt.

Captain Andre Ayew was in a particularly confident mood ahead of the Group F opener, declaring the team want to ‘make our nation proud.’

Ghana made their presence felt in the centre circle, even before the first kick of the match with a pre-game dance that involved nearly all of the squad.

The team are looking for their first AFCON title since 1982 as they take on fellow West Africans Benin.


Head coach Ikechukwu Ezenwa has his work cut out trying to progress from a group that also features defending champion Cameroon and Guinea-Bissau.







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