Egypt captain, Mohammed Salah has fired a warning shot at Nigeria ahead of their crunchy AFCON Group D opener at the Stade Roumde Adjia, Garoua on Tuesday.
The Liverpool star revealed that the Pharaohs’ target is to beat Nigeria who are on course for a fourth continental title; having won the competition thrice (1980, 1994 and 2013).
This will be the third time the seven-time champions will be facing the Super Eagles in an opening fixture at the AFCON finals.
The North Africans won on both occasion and are looking to extend the streak to three games.
Salah, who is also looking forward to winning his first AFCON title with Egypt, insisted that the team will ensure they begin the competition on a winning note.
“We are not the favourites to win the Africa Cup of Nations, but we will do our best to reclaim the title,” Salah said in his pre-match press conference.
“I’m only one of eleven players that represent Egypt. We will do everything we can to come on top in tomorrow’s match and in the tournament as a whole.
“We have to work very hard to live up to our expectations, playing every game as a team to win.
“I am yet to win my first title with Egypt, it would be an honour to win the AFCON, it’s been ten years since I started representing my country, and lifting the trophy would mean a lot to me,” he added.