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Preview: Tanzania vs Egypt – 2017 AFCON qualifying

Posted on June 4, 2016
Tanzania Egypt Preview 2017 AFCON

Photo: Ahram

KingFut previews the action as Egypt travel to Dar es Salaam to take on in the penultimate round of matches of 2017 African Cup of Nations qualification.

Almost a year after Egypt defeated Tanzania 3-0 in Alexandria thanks to goals from Rami Rabia, Bassem Morsi and , Tanzania are itching to avenge the result on home soil, with qualification to the finals in Gabon at stake.

Tanzania will need to win by a margin of greater than two goals if they wish to keep their qualification hopes alive. Even then, qualification is still not a straightforward proposition.

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The Taifa Stars drew 1-1 with Kenya in a friendly encounter on the 29th of May, as they prepared for the crucial match against Hector Cuper’s men on Saturday.

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The Pharaohs will also be playing for a win, albeit for entirely different reasons; a victory is crucial for the team’s hopes of remaining in Pot 1 ahead of the group stage draw at the end of the month.

Egypt probable XI: El-Hadary, Emam, Gabr, Rabia, Abdel-Shafy, Hamed, Elneny, Abdallah El-Said, Salah, , Mohsen.

Tanzania probable XI: Munish, Kapombe, Mwinyi, Haroub, Yondani, Mao, Ulimwengu, Yahya, Samatta, Ngasa, Musa

Key battle: Mbwana Samatta vs Rami Rabia – The Genk hitman scored and assisted in his club’s comeback win on aggregate to qualify for the 2016/17 Europa League, and will be raring to go against the Al Ahly central defender who might have his hands full throughout.

Player to watch: Essam El-Hadary is tipped to make his 142nd appearance for Egypt after a 19-month absence from the national team. His last match was a 2-1 loss away to Tunisia in November 2014, as a Shawky Gharib-led Egypt missed out on qualification for the 2015 African Cup of Nations. The 43-year-old will be itching to redeem himself should he indeed start, and will look to transfer his impressive club form – with Wadi Degla – over to the national team.

Trivia: Egypt have never lost to Tanzania, and have only drawn once in 11 encounters.

Prediction: Tanzania 0-1 Egypt.

Kick-off is scheduled for 15:00 CLT at the National Stadium; make sure to follow our extensive coverage leading up to, during, and after the match!


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