Hector Cuper Press Conference Ahead Of Congo Match | VIDEO
The Argentinean coach made the comments on Monday during a press conference to lay out preparations for the much-anticipated 2018 World Cup qualifier against Congo, taking place at Borg El-Arab Stadium in Alexandria on Sunday.
“The challenge is stressful, of course. I am taking hypertension medicine due the stress I suffer from the continuing criticism. Life is full of stress, but the challenge of reaching the World Cup is the toughest stress I have faced,” the 61-year-old tactician revealed.
However, despite the pressure, Cuper said he is confident that Egypt is well prepared for the upcoming clash with Congo.
The Pharaohs have kicked-off a training camp in Cairo, with the squad completed by the joining of Ahly players, after playing their first leg of the African Champions League away is Sousse Sunday losing 2-1 to Etoile du Sahel.
“Congo is a good team combining players with great individual skill, but we are ready for the game,” Cuper confidently stated.
“We have studied Congo well. We will be focusing on their weak points, but we are not sure about their squad for the next game, especially since they may call up new people,” the Argentinean added.
Egypt need to win in Alexandria to secure their first World Cup ticket since 1990, and their third ever. They are lying top of group E with 9 points, two more than Uganda and four more than Ghana, while Congo have lost hope, sitting at the bottom of the table with a solitary point.
Egypt should officially qualify if they beat Congo in Alexandria and second-placed Uganda stumble against Ghana in the same round.