Egypt landed a tricky draw for the group phase of the 2022 World Cup qualifiers as they were thrown into Group F along with Gabon, Libya and Angola on Tuesday.
Although the Pharaohs would be relieved to avoid facing Cote d’Ivoire, the highest profile national team in pot 2, they will still have to negotiate some tough games as they bid to qualify for the World Cup for the second straight time.
Egypt made the last of their three appearances at the 2018 finals in Russia, where they bowed out in embarrassing fashion after losing all their group stage games against Uruguay, hosts Russia and Saudi Arabia.
Egypt famously beat Angola 2-1 in a last-eight clash at the 2008 Nations Cup before going on to win the tournament. Both sides also met twice in the 1994 World Cup qualifiers, with Egypt winning one and drawing the other.
The record seven-time African champions won all their three encounters against Gabon, including one competitive game at the 1994 Nations Cup.
Against Libya, Egypt won 13 out of 21 meetings, with three draws and five loses. Their last game saw Egypt beat their North African neighbours 2-0 in a friendly game in 2016.
Only the 10 group winners of the World Cup qualifiers would advance to a final two-legged playoff to determine Africa’s five representatives at the 2022 finals in Qatar.