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Egypt to face Ghana in World Cup qualifying play-offs

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Posted on September 16, 2013

Egypt will face Ghana in the final round of 2014 .

Bob Bradley’s side will visit Ghana on October 11-15 and host the second leg on November 15-19 in Egypt.

The 10 nations who qualified to the African play-off round were seeded according to the September .

Pot 1: Algeria, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Nigeria, Tunisia

Pot 2: , Cameroon, Egypt, Ethiopia, Senegal

The Pot 1 teams were drawn against the Pot 2 teams to play 5 home-and-away matches to determine the 5 teams which progress to .

Draws: Algeria vs. Burkina Faso, Ghana vs. Egypt, Ivory Coast vs. Senegal; Nigeria vs. Ethiopia, Tunisia vs. Cameroon

Egypt’s head-to-head record against Ghana is 10 wins, 5 draws and 6 losses. However, the Pharaohs lost 3-0 in their last encounter in a friendly in January 2013.

The Pharaohs, who were without key players including Salah, Abou-Treika, Shikabala, Fathi and Gedo, were simply outclassed in Abu Dhabi, with goals coming from Emmanuel Badu, Emmanuel Boakye and Asamoah Gyan.

Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah has recently recalled Michael Essien, Kevin-Prince Boateng and Andre ‘Dede’ Ayew to his squad and they helped defeat Zambia 2-1 at home in their final Group D clash.

12 Comments

  1. Omar Macintyre

    September 16, 2013 at 8:07 AM

    Wow, Big game but Isa Egypt will win:)

  2. Andrew Sidhom (@AndrewEGY)

    September 16, 2013 at 9:56 AM

    I think the article should point out that the Abu Dhabi friendly that we lost 3-0 was played by our B team. No Ahly players expect Sayed Hamdy & Gomaa and no foreign-based players at all. Against a full strength Ghana at the height of preparations for their African Cup of Nations campaign.

    • Adam Moustafa

      September 16, 2013 at 10:29 AM

      Ghana were also without Essien, Muntari, Ayews, KPB & Waris. Hardly “full strength”

  3. Andrew Sidhom (@AndrewEGY)

    September 16, 2013 at 11:50 PM

    Sorry, maybe “full strength” wasn’t the right term to use but… most players you mentioned were far from Ghana regulars last January, and the rest were simply injured so it was as “full strength” as Ghana could be on that date !

    Essien and KPB weren’t Ghana national team players since mid 2011 until just last week
    Jordan Ayew hasn’t been with Ghana at all starting from September 2012 until today
    Waris is hardly a regular and had never started a game back in January
    Muntari was 6 months injured, and Andre Ayew was also injured.

    So if we’re counting them we should say we were also missing Zaki, Zidan, Meteb, Mido, etc… 😉

  4. Ossama Mohamed

    September 17, 2013 at 2:13 AM

    Are those players you listed (Zaki…) really our best players though?

  5. Omar Macintyre

    September 17, 2013 at 3:22 AM

    Mohamed Salah, Koka, elnenny,Rabia and kharaba are defiantly one of our most talented stars and i hope get first half of the game against ghana!

  6. Omar Macintyre

    September 17, 2013 at 3:23 AM

    Zidan and Zaki were defiantly one of our best players in their prime!

  7. Andrew Sidhom (@AndrewEGY)

    September 18, 2013 at 4:45 AM

    Any team in any match will have players missing whether through injury, lack of form, disputes with the management, etc…

    I meant that Ghana’s 3-0 win in January was a very uneven contest b/c Ghana could call up anyone they wanted while Egypt couldn’t call up about a whole 11-man team of top players from Ahly and from abroad.

  8. Omar Macintyre

    September 18, 2013 at 8:18 AM

    Thats true^ Its going to be a very different game to what it was in earlier this Year.

  9. Musa Siryon

    October 14, 2013 at 12:38 PM

    Musa Siryon(Liberia)-Ghanean players are extraordinary and we know that where as the Egyptians also, as a fan of soccer I pray that Egypt goes to Brazil2014 due to their European exclusive style of play.

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