PREVIEW: Egypt host Ghana in their chase of World Cup qualification
Egypt will face Ghana in a ‘six-point game’ as the Black Stars are considered the Pharaohs’ Group E main rivals in their chase for a World Cup qualification ticket.
Date: November 13, 2016 at 6:00 PM (CLT)
Competition: 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers
Stadium: Borg El-Arab, Alexandria, Egypt
Egypt are set to face Ghana at home in the second round of the World Cup qualifiers after an away win against Congo in round one. Egypt’s fine start against Congo away from home combined with Ghana’s struggle against Uganda in Tamale boosted Egypt’s chances and confidence in sealing their World Cup qualification ticket for the first time since their last participation in the tournament back in 1990.
The fans and the players are hoping to produce a magnificent performance while having the last encounters against Ghana in the back of their mind; the Pharaohs lost on an aggregate score of 7-3 after a 6-1 humiliating defeat in Kumasi that destroyed the hope of every Egyptian of progressing to the World Cup finals.
Hector Cuper has been tactically successful with the national team thus far, but that isn’t enough, as he will be facing a tough test on Sunday in a must-win game to boost the Pharaohs’ chances to qualify to the World Cup.
Lately Cuper’s tactics revolve around focusing on playing a counter-attacking game using Mohamed Salah and Mahmoud Trezeguet on the flanks, as both players provide him with the required speed and agility that is needed to beat any defence in Africa. Cuper mainly prioritises the defensive side of the game by looking to narrow his midfield and deny Ghana’s attacking players any space to exploit.
Cuper is definitely losing sleep due to the problems he has at the two ends of the pitch. Essam El-Hadary have had sub-par performances in the league since the Congo game, as well as facing trouble with the centre-back pairing, having to choose two of Gabr, Dweidar, and Hegazy. Also, Egypt’s strikers under Cuper haven’t had the best of luck, therefore the Argentine tactician decided to call two-time Egyptian Premier League top goalscorer Hossam Paolo for this clash.
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