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Cuper happy for win over 'dangerous' Ghana

4:38 PM IST 26/01/17
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The Egypt coach is excited to have guided his team to a second successive victory over the Black Stars

Egypt coach Hector Cuper is delighted to have beaten Ghana to three points in their last group game at the Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon.

Mohamed Salah's solitary goal on 11 minutes propelled the Pharaohs to top of the standings on Wednesday.

The seven-time champions face Morocco in the quarter-finals on Saturday.

"We always think of winning whatever game we are going into," Cuper said.

"I wished to play a better game especially in the second half, but we were facing a very strong team in Ghana

"They were very dangerous especially in the second half.

"Ahmed Fathy played as a left back because it was a tough game and we needed his experience.

"We will immediately start preparing for the quarter-final game against Morocco."

Egypt are on a return to the tournament after missing out on the last three editions.

"Our ambition is very high and we are happy to win such a tough game," Cuper added.

"Our next game is even more difficult, but I promise our supporters back home that we will fight till the last second."

Wednesday's win makes it three victories in a row over the Black Stars.

The Pharaohs beat Ghana 2-1 in a 2014 World Cup qualifier in 2013, before following up with a 2-0 victory in the 2018 World Cup qualifiers in November last year.