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Legendary Essam El-Hadary targets World Cup knockout stage with Egypt

23:21 GMT+3 06/06/2018
Essam El-Hadary
The 45-year-old insisted that Hector Cuper's side are working hard to break their group stage barrier at the World Cup

Egypt goalkeeper Essam El-Hadary has stated the country’s dream of reaching the knockout stage of the 2018 Fifa World Cup in Russia.

In their last two World Cup outings in 1934 and 1990, the Pharaohs have failed to get out of the group stage.

However, ahead of their return to the global stage - after a 28-year absence - the Al-Taawoun shot-stopper who is set to become the oldest player to grace the quadrennial showpiece has made known the team’s goal in Russia.

“I am happy like all the Egyptians for qualifying for the World Cup after a 28-year wait,” El-Hadary was quoted as saying by KingFut.

“Our ambition is not to just participate in the tournament, we are working to qualify for the round of 16.”

The 2018 World Cup kicks off on June 14, with Egypt's opening game against Uruguay at the Ekaterinburg Stadium the following day.

They continue their Group A campaign with fixtures against Russia and Saudi Arabia on June 19 and June 25 respectively.