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Elmohamady: Ghana clash ‘bottleneck’ in World Cup qualifiers


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Hull City right-back Ahmed Elmohamady has stressed on the importance of Egypt’s upcoming clash against Ghana, saying that beating the Black Stars will give them a huge boost.

Egypt will host Ghana on Sunday at Borg El-Arab Stadium in Alexandria in the second round of the 2018 World Cup qualifiers.

“Ghana’s draw in the first game and our away win over Congo gave us a huge boost,” Elmohamady told ON Sports satellite channel.

The Pharaohs, who kicked off their campaign on a bright note with a 2-1 away win over Congo, are on the top of group E with three points, two ahead of second-placed Ghana who drew with Uganda at home.

“Ghana is a tough opponent, they’ve strong players who play in Europe and they understand the importance of big games. We too have experienced players so we’re expecting a difficult game,” he added.

The Hull City player said that beating Ghana in Egypt could make the difference in the Pharaohs’ World Cup qualifying campaign.

“This match represents a bottleneck for us as it’s against our main rival, Ghana. We will do our best and our aim is to win and get the three points,” Elmohamady added.

The Egyptian international said that although Asamoah Gyan’s injury will represent a big loss for Ghana, the Pharaohs should keep their focus on their team.

Ghana and Al Ahli Dubai forward Gyan has been ruled out of the Black Stars 23-man squad for the upcoming game due to injury. Meanwhile, Egypt will also miss the services of injured Ittihad Jeddah winger Mahmoud Abdel-Moneim ‘Kahraba’.

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