Senegal legendary striker, Henri Camara, spoke about his country’s chances in the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations and facing Egypt in the 2022 World Cup qualifiers.
With one day left before the kick-off of the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Cameroon, Camara spoke about his record against Egypt in the competition.
Camara recalled the 2006 AFCON, where he came up against the Pharaohs only to lose 2-1 to the eventual champions. However, he believes that the hosts had unfairly won the encounter.
“I remember the semi-final against Egypt in 2006, Egypt was the host country, we were unfairly treated by the Cameroonian referee, who did not award us a penalty but awarded one to them against me,” the former West Ham United man told ONTime Sport TV.
“The match in 2000 against Egypt was the most difficult. I faced them several times, including once in 1999 and we were in control of the match, but the Pharaohs won,” he added.
The 44-year-old played against Egypt on five occasions during his international career, winning only once. Yet he believes that times have changed and that Senegal would beat Egypt with ease nowadays, even going as far as saying he hopes to face them in the final round of the 2022 World Cup qualifiers.
“At the present time, no team is a cause of concern to us other than Morocco and Algeria. I don’t see any team stronger than us. I’d prefer to play Egypt in the final stage of the World Cup qualifiers, because they would be the easiest match for us. This current generation is better than Egypt,” he explained.
“Mohamed Salah is one of the best players in the world, coming after Messi, Ronaldo and Lewandowski,” he continued.
Camara then commented on the disrespectful manner with which European clubs have treated AFCON and African players, saying the players should speak up more.
“African players should raise their voice and defend the Africa Cup of Nations. I was doing my best to play for my country, and would sometimes pretend to be injured with my team in order to be more focused with my country,” he concluded.
Nigeria will face Egypt on January 11 in Garuoa.