Patrice Motsepe, the president of the Confederation of African Football (CAF), expressed his optimism for Egypt's national team, believing they can compete well in the 2017 FIFA World Cup.
Egypt has advanced to the last stage of the FIFA World Cup qualifiers, where they will face either Senegal, Tunisia, Morocco, Algeria, or Nigeria for a place in Qatar in 2022.
Despite the fact that Egypt has yet to qualify for the World Cup, Motsepe feels Egypt can be a strong ambassador of Africa and perform well in the event.Not only that, but Motsepe believes that Egypt will win Africa's first World Cup trophy in the future.
I feel that all Egyptians should be proud of their nation, as should all Africans; Egypt's achievement is a source of pride for the entire continent." The fact that the EFA has been there for 100 years demonstrates their accomplishment," Motsepe told the ONTime Sports TV program.
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"I am looking forward to the World Cup in Qatar because Egypt is always among the top African football teams.
Egypt has the potential to do well in the 2018 World Cup, and I believe they will go far. One of my dreams is for an African team to win the World Cup, and Egypt provides us with that hope. The upcoming Africa Cup of Nations will also be crucial; it will be well-organized; I visited Cameroon three times to double-check myself. I am confident that it will be a huge success. I absolutely think Mohamed Salah is the best, I adore Messi and Ronaldo too, but I am African so I will be biased here, I am proud of Salah," Patrice said of Salah's prospects of earning FIFA's Best Men's Player in the World award.
I'd want to emphasize that Egyptian supporters are the best in the world; I've been here previously with Sundowns, and it's a fantastic country with inspiring people.
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