'We need to prove Egypt deserved Afcon'


An Egypt star has insisted that victory over Senegal in the second leg of their 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying play-off will prove that the Pharaohs deserved to win the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations.

The 10 remaining African nations competing for a spot at Qatar 2022 will know their fate on Tuesday night, when five of those countries will advance to the showpiece later this year.

Egypt hold a slender advantage over opponents Senegal after winning the first leg 1-0 at the Cairo International Stadium on Friday, courtesy of an own goal by Saliou Ciss.

Scroll through the gallery above to see some of the scenes from the first leg between Egypt and Senegal

While the North African giants might have tasted a bit of revenge after finishing as runners-up at the continental showpiece in Cameroon last month, goalkeeper Mohamed Abou-Gabal, who was one of Egypt's standout performers at that tournament, feels that overcoming their opponents on Tuesday night will show they were deserving of the Afcon crown.

"It is a difficult feeling to reach the final of the Africa Cup of Nations and lose in the end. It's a football match and we learned a lot from it," Abou-Gabal said in a pre-match press conference, per KingFut.

"We are playing against Senegal again in the World Cup qualifiers, and we should have a strong reaction after losing to them in the Afcon final, and this has already happened in Egypt.

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"The second leg will be difficult for the two teams, and god willing, we can qualify for the World Cup to prove to the entire continent that we were the deserving champions.

"And then hopefully we can perform well in the World Cup."

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