Cuper confident in Egypt squad’s depth

Egypt manager Hector Cuper is optimistic that his side can overcome Burkina Faso despite several injury-enforced absentees.

The Pharaohs meet Burkina Faso in a 2017 Africa Cup of Nations semi-final clash at the Stade de l'Amitie in Libreville on Wednesday night.

Their task will be made harder after injuries ruled out three key players, but Cuper says he has faith that the replacements will help get the job done.

"Mohamed Elneny, Mohamed Abdel-Shafi and Marwan Mohsen are not available for the game. I'm very sad because of these injuries but I'm confident the other players we have can step in and cover," the Argentina-born coach said.

The former Valencia boss paid his respects to Burkina Faso and warned his charges not to start thinking about a possible final just yet.

"We are not looking to history or even thinking about the final; we are only focused on the Burkina Faso game.

"They are a strong team. They do not have a big history but they beat several teams with big history to reach the semis. They are very disciplined and it will be a tough game that will be only decided on the pitch.

"I've never seen a group so determined to win their eighth AFCON title. We are closer to the dream," he added.

The Pharaohs have won four and drawn two of their previous encounters with the Stallions.

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