Ivan Hashek, the Czech coach, viewed the Arab Cup « Qatar 2021 » as a significant challenge for the Cedars team and an excellent opportunity to prepare for the World Cup qualifiers, emphasizing the difficulty of their first meeting with the Egyptian team.
Hashek said in statements during the match press conference:
« We miss many players due to injury, but we have 23 players ready to participate. We play in a group that includes two of the strongest African teams, Egypt and Algeria, in addition to the Sudan team, which is a good team as well. »
« Every match is a challenge for us, and the Arab Cup is important for the young players and a good preparation for the World Cup qualifiers. Every match is important for us. The Egyptian team is led by a veteran coach, who had a strong career with the Iran team. »