Egypt national team coach Hector Cuper has claimed that his side will be fearless in their bid to qualify for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations as well as the 2018 Fifa World Cup to hold in Russia.
The Pharaohs have won the continental showpiece for a record seven times but have failed to qualify for the last three editions of the tournaments, while failing to reach the World Cup since 1990.
Group G leaders, Egypt face Nigeria in their next Afcon qualifier and the Argentine boss insists his side will not underrate any team.
“There is no such thing as easy opponents as journalists call them,” Cuper told reporters.
“We must respect any team regardless of the ranking and history, because Egypt itself has suffered in the past qualifiers because it dropped points in what you call easy games.
“I would be lying if I said that I don’t wish to avoid certain teams in the World Cup draw, but my job is to get Egypt prepared for any opponent.
“My job is to make the likes of Côte d’Ivoire, for instance, be worried that they will face us.
“I repeatedly tell my players that we can make people happy. Many people are suffering from the problems of everyday life.
“Some are poor, some are unemployed. For those people, football might be their ultimate source of joy,” he concluded.
Cuper has steered the Pharaohs to winning three of four competitive games and four of five friendly games since taking over.