Egypt to face Ghana in World Cup qualifying play-offs
Egypt will face Ghana in the final round of 2014 World Cup qualifying.
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 FIFA Rankings.
Pot 1: Algeria, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Nigeria, Tunisia
Pot 2: Burkina Faso, 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 Brazil 2014.
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.
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