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Egypt eye to rekindle glory days in Gabon

Wednesday 11/January/2017 - 04:44 PM
Sada El Balad
Egypt return to the Africa Cup of Nations after a seven-year absence with a new generation looking to rekindle the glory days of three consecutive titles before the 2011 uprising exhausted Egyptian football.

Watching football has for decades been a favorite past-time for millions of Egyptians، especially with the national team who won the title in 2006، 2008، and 2010، making them one of the strongest teams in Africa and the Middle East.

However، after 2011 this passion was rolled back among many fans due to memories of violence and was dimmed in a faltering economy.

"Egypt returns to the tournament under totally different circumstances،" Karim Ramzy، the managing editor of the independent Yallakora website، told AFP.

"Egypt's national team has drastically changed in comparison to the team which last participated in the tournament،" said Ramzy.

The tournament kicks off on January 14 in Gabon with Egypt drawn in Group D alongside Ghana، Uganda and Mali.

Out of the 23 players called up by Argentinian coach Hector Cuper، 19 are playing for the first time in the tournament، including Roma star Mohamed Salah.

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