Egypt assistant coach: Ghana are now stronger than in 2013
Egypt were drawn in the same group as Ghana in Africa’s final round of qualifiers for the 2018 FIFA World Cup. The Pharaohs 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.
“Ghana are no longer the same team that faced Egypt in the 2014 World Cup qualifiers, they have developed and became stronger, thanks to their foreign-based players,” Osama Nabih said in televised statements.
Egypt’s assistant coach also spoke about the rest of Egypt’s opponents in Group E, which includes Congo and Uganda, saying that the Pharaohs were drawn in a ‘tough’ group.
“Congo also have many players who play in European leagues like Germany and France. They are a strong team and we’re preparing well to face them.
“Uganda will not be easy as well. We respect all teams in the group. This isn’t an easy group and respecting all its teams will help us reach the world cup,” he added.
Seven-time African champions Egypt will face Guinea and South Africa in friendlies on August 30 and September 6, respectively in preparation for the World Cup qualifiers.
The Pharaohs will start their 2018 World Cup qualification campaign in Congo early in October, 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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