Umm Salal coach Gaber discusses Egypt’s chances in World Cup
Former Ismaily gaffer and Umm Salal current coach Mahmoud Gaber discussed what the Egyptian national team led by Hector Cuper should expect in the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia and how they should be preparing for the group stage matches.
Gaber, the father of Los Angeles FC and Egypt right back Omar Gaber, was interview by Al Kass TV channel to speak about the Pharaohs’ chances next summer.
“First of all, it is an honor for all Arab countries that there are four Arab national teams in the World Cup,” Gaber said. “Usually Egypt’s chances to reach the World Cup are not that good, but recently, special players who were part of the national team squad in the qualifications helped us perform well.”
When asked about Egypt’s draw in the World Cup, Gaber assured that the national team should not only think about the team’s previous performances especially when it comes to preparing for facing Russia.
“Russia is a bit of a mystery for most teams since they did not take part in the qualifications so teams are not sure about what to expect from them,” he told Al Kass. “Being the host country, the Russian national team will be focused and fueled by their fans’ support.”
The Pharaohs, who were in pot 3, have been drawn in Group A against hosts Russia, Uruguay and Saudi Arabia. They will face 2010 World Cup semi-finalists Uruguay in their first group stage match, then four days later, they’ll take on hosts Russia at Saint Petersburg Stadium before facing Saudi Arabia at Volgograd Stadium in the last group game.
“Looking at Uruguay’s campaign in the qualifications we will notice that they were second in their group after Brazil. Their squad also includes distinct players like Edinson Cavani, Luis Suarez and Diego Godin, they’re a good team. With this in mind, we should not think that it’s an easy group for Egypt,” Gaber illustrated.
This marks Egypt’s first World Cup appearance since 1990. The Pharaohs qualified to the global football showpiece event for the first time in 28 years after beating Congo 2-1, thanks to two goals from Liverpool winger Mohamed Salah.
“The World Cup is not easy at all. To play well in the World Cup you need to be prepared, you need to play friendly matches against teams with different football techniques that are similar to the styles and techniques of the teams you will face in the tournament,” he concluded.
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