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The war of words has started ahead of tomorrow’s potentially explosive AFCON semi-final match in Angola.

Egypt striker Mohamed Zidan says his side is ready for "war" in their Africa Cup of Nations semi-final against Algeria on Thursday.

The two north Africans met last year in an explosive play-off match to decide their group's World Cup winners. The match was preceded by a bitter war of words, and after the clash physical battles continued in the streets for days on end, even affecting the relationship between the two countries.

"It will be a matter of life and death in that game. For both sides it will be like a war," the Borussia Dortmund striker was quoted as saying in

"For us it is a chance to show the world that we deserve to go to the World Cup and if we beat them, we will be able to watch the World Cup with pride.

"We are the ones who do not have any pressure. We are the champions and we are better than them. Everybody will see which is the better team," added Zidan.