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Egypt to face Ghana in World Cup qualifiers

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Egypt were drawn in the same group as Ghana in Africa’s final round of qualifiers for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, following the draw held in Cairo on Friday.

Seven-time African champions Egypt were drawn against Ghana, Congo and Uganda in Group E, as the Pharaohs will attempt to make their third World Cup appearance and their first since 1990.

Egypt will be looking to revenge for their loss against Ghana in 2013, when they failed to qualify for the 2014 World Cup after losing 7-3 on aggregate to the Black Stars in the final round of the qualifiers.

Due to FIFAโ€™s special ranking that has sparked controversy over the past weeks; Egypt failed to avoid Ghana, one of the five top seeded teams, as they were placed in Pot 2.

Egypt will start their qualification campaign in Congo, while their second game will be against Ghana in Egypt. They will then play Uganda away and home, respectively, before hosting Congo in their fifth match. The Pharaohs will end their group matches with an away game against Ghana.

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The winners of each of the five groups will advance to represent Africa in the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.

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  1. Hosam

    June 24, 2016 at 7:01 PM

    Such an easy group for Tunisia while Morocco and Algeria are in the two groups of death. If Egypt was in pot 1 we would definitely go to the world cup. But Egypt going to the world cup beating Ghana would be the best feeling. Not an easy group for Egypt but it’s not impossible.. As long as we don’t make tactical mistakes again like against Ghana….

    • David

      June 25, 2016 at 6:54 PM

      How is it a mistake being beating 6-1 in Kumasi? The reason for Ghana losing 2-1 on the return match was because qualification had already been achieved. Egypt is no match for Ghana. Though l would have loved to see Egypt qualified, Ghana is too difficult a team to overcome. Too bad Tunisia was seeded, instead of Egypt.

      • Sobhi

        June 28, 2016 at 5:34 PM

        Well the players didn’t have their day same like the stupid Coach we had. Instead of leaving it 2-1 and play on the counter he was attacking which made us weak in the game. Anyways the Egyptian competition was stopped during the turmoil of that time. Now we have the Egyptian competition started for three years. There is stability in Egyptian football. The guys are improving and got already the confidence by beating a great country like nigeria. We didn’t qualify for 3 times in a row for the african cup but now we did by beating nigeria. A big sign that Egypt is improving more and more and will beat Ghana.

    • Robert

      October 1, 2016 at 5:53 PM

      I wish caf can adopt the way how south american countries qualify. Because atimes good teams remain in africa and weak teams go. Ghanians have a war of words. If football was not played on the pitch, ghana would be world champions coz they can talk. Lets wait for the games.

  2. lucien ayew

    June 24, 2016 at 8:25 PM

    bye bye egypte… GHANA will beat you 7:1 like Germany beat brazil.

    • Hosam

      June 24, 2016 at 9:29 PM

      We will make you cry like we did at the CAN 2010 final ;)). Egypt is getting strong again my friend so don’t think your Ghana will make us afraid. We are determined to beat your a ss off again

      • David

        June 25, 2016 at 7:20 PM

        You barely beat Nigeria and now think you can beat Ghana? What you don’t seem to realize is that Ghana is going to be even stronger than when it won by 6-1.

        • Hosam

          June 26, 2016 at 7:00 AM

          Well the fact that many Ghanese people are commenting here proves that you are afraid of the 7-time African Champions. Egypt has new talented players now who are more experienced at the moment. The pharao’s will disappoint Ghana just like we disapointed Nigeria ๐Ÿ˜‰

          And why is Ghana stronger now? Did they win a title or something? I see them at the same level as 3 years ago. Meanwhile Egypts level improved and is improving more and more.

    • Sary

      June 25, 2016 at 3:19 AM

      We have beat you twice the last three times we’ve played you, you fool.

  3. Adam

    June 24, 2016 at 8:27 PM

    When will CAF realize that this qualification method is just bad and unserving for it? You can’t go from 20 teams to 5 and expect you’re getting the 5 best to represent you on the world’s biggest stage… And then people act surprised when African teams fail to perform.

    • anokwale

      November 5, 2016 at 9:24 PM

      I actually think this is the best way. Five groups of four and you have to win your group. It challenges your body of work instead of the playoff in which one team can get a bit lucky over two games. In this type of group play you basically have win at least three of the games and you cannot lose more than one. If you look at the statistics on this type of qualifying a team usually has to get at least 12 of the 18 possible points. I think that is fair.

      • uganda2018

        November 11, 2016 at 4:26 PM

        ghana and egypt will not qualfy. it will be Uganda!

        • anokwale

          November 12, 2016 at 6:13 PM

          You might be correct if Ghana beats or draws with Egypt. If Egypt wins you might have an uphill battle.

  4. gogi

    June 24, 2016 at 9:43 PM

    It’s a good group for us. No North African teams and no super underdogs against whom we tend to play unfocused and negligently lose points. But there aren’t any “small” teams left anyway in this year’s last round. I have an extremely good feeling, just hope FIFA won’t pull any scam on us again.

  5. NussMasri

    June 25, 2016 at 12:48 AM

    We have to be humble after what happened last time with Ghana. However we are now better and with an active league, and they don’t seem as strong as before. Additionally, the 6-1 result may give them too much confidence, which may allow us an opportunity to capitalize. Additionally, we should treat every team equally as to not be surprised.

    • avelikodzoe

      June 25, 2016 at 4:44 PM

      Ghananians expect the Blackstars in Russia. Nothing short of that. They are not seeing any team but just Russia. Secondly any team that will attempt to go to Russia will have to pass through the gate of KUMASI.

      • NussMasri

        June 25, 2016 at 9:18 PM

        Thanks for adding nothing of any substance to the discussion

        • avelikodzoe

          June 26, 2016 at 12:18 AM

          What substance? The West African team is not moved by Egypt at all. Egypt actually is not happy to go through Ghana.

  6. steve kolbe (@kolbesteve)

    June 25, 2016 at 3:11 AM

    Africa should have more seats….Issa Hayato is not doing a good job…Group seconds should play Europe’s 9th-13th especially after Brexit ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Sary

    June 25, 2016 at 3:26 AM

    Ghana know they are in a group with another pot one team and whatever they say they won’t be happy. Egypt are the team none of the top seeds wanted to draw. I think this group could go to goal difference.

    Tunisia were lucky and hopefully slip up because they’re really not that good. Algeria always get easy groups, not this time.

    • Kareem

      June 25, 2016 at 7:57 AM

      Tunisia are really good they always get hard groups except this time, hopefully Tunisia does make it to the world cup and Tunisia is a strong team

      • Sary

        June 25, 2016 at 10:19 AM

        No they are not and you won’t persuade any Egyptian that they are.

      • omar al tashani

        June 25, 2016 at 4:30 PM

        Libya will beat tunis, home and away. goooooo libya

  8. charles agbeno

    June 25, 2016 at 3:35 AM

    Ghana will once again beat egypt and the rest to qualify. Don’t bring issa hayatou here.

    • Samuel

      October 17, 2016 at 2:42 PM

      oh sorry Charles..They didn’t beat Uganda

  9. augustine

    June 25, 2016 at 9:33 AM

    Ghana is stronger now than before….. Quite surprised people dont seem to see that… Going to be a tough draw group but trust the black stars to sail through

  10. onassis

    June 25, 2016 at 11:24 AM

    honestly i wld have preferred egypt to be in pot1 and not tunisia..Tunisia always go to the world cup and disappoints

    • Mohammed

      June 25, 2016 at 8:39 PM

      Tunisia would do much better than Egypt in the World Cup, Tunisia has a better than Egypt right now. If Egypt are better than Tunisia why wont they qualify to the world cup and stop being arrogant

  11. dandelion

    June 25, 2016 at 11:10 PM

    Pharoe Forget Russia,
    The Black Star is mightier,
    C’mon Ghana
    The pride of Africa.

    • NussMasri

      June 25, 2016 at 11:22 PM

      Ghana went to the last world cup and started fighting about money. If you think that is pride, then okay.

  12. Masri

    June 27, 2016 at 8:38 AM

    If we manage to beat ghana yhe first leg then the road to the wc will be much easier.

    • kamila sulley

      June 28, 2016 at 5:03 PM

      But you will not. Ghana will win in cairo 2:0 and 4:0 in kumasi. GO BLACK STARS – egypt has no chance ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Barakat

        June 28, 2016 at 5:28 PM

        It is just funny how all these Ghanese people think that their team is the new Spain or Germany. You are just Ghana and have proved nothing yet. I won’t talk much again. The Pharaoh’s will disappoint all the Ghanese here. You are playing against the kings of Africa. I can’t even remember that Ghana won the african cup even once. Cairo will become your nightmare guys. But nothing is better than disappointing people who are over confident of their team.

        • Geography

          June 28, 2016 at 7:41 PM

          If Egypt are the Kings of Africa then Ghana are the Kings of the world in Africa with the best world cup performance among African teams ever…

          In the AFCON Egypt has won 7 Ghana 4… two of those 7 Ghana did not even participate 57 and 59. so really it is 5 to 4…

          Ghana has been to AFCON the final 9 times
          Egypt 8 (including 57 and 59).

          That being said Ghana has not won it in 30+ years and should try hard to win 2017. If Egypt is better in AFCON then Ghana is definitely much better for the world cup!

          On paper Ghana has better players, a better coach, and more pedigree at the world cup level.

          • Joshua

            July 1, 2016 at 7:08 PM

            But egypt has great head to head records against European teams. Egypt 1-0 Italy 2009. Egypt 4-0 Belgium 2005. Egypt 2-1 Germany 1958 egypt 2-1 Netherlands 1928. Egypt 2-1 Portugal 1928. Egypt 2-0 Bosnia 2014

  13. onassis

    June 29, 2016 at 12:40 AM

    @GEOGRAPHY….WELL SAID….And plsss Barakat it is Ghanaians and not Ghanese

  14. chu2015

    June 29, 2016 at 2:10 AM

    There is nothing like revenge here. We rather avenged the defeat handed us in the 2010 finalsEgypt for sure is about to play one of the best games of their lives in November- constant. The question is what kind of blackstars would show up. My headache is how we would play in Kampala. It has always been tough out there. . This is one match in 6 games and its the normal away rule- utilize set pieces and simply openings and posses the ball to avoid trouble and defend when necessary. We are not the super vultures of Nigeria

  15. youssef

    October 11, 2016 at 5:48 AM

    we will see who gonna win in the qualification games. this is now a group which is different than 2013 game. other teams are involved. lets see

  16. Samuel

    October 17, 2016 at 2:45 PM

    Hahahahaha Greetings from Uganda…We love you all and welcome you home at Namboole.

    • Prince of Egypt

      November 22, 2016 at 6:09 PM

      No uganda will lose to the Pharaohs at home! GOoOoO Egypt

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