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Edwin van der Sar discusses Egypt chances in 2018 World Cup

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Ex-Manchester United goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar believes Egypt can make it to the second round of the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

The current CEO was in the UAE as the Dutch team played against Cairo giants in Hossam Ghaly’s testimonial game on Friday night.

Following the game, which saw Al Ahly earn a 1-0 win, the Champions League winner said that legendary goalkeeper Essam El-Hadary and previous Ajax striker Ahmed Hossam Mido are the only Egyptian players he knows of.

The former Ajax keeper said that he knows Mido from his time at the Amsterdam-based club.

“From the Egyptian national team I only know the goalkeeper who is older than me,” Van Der Sar told Egyptian satellite channel Sada El-Balad in reference to 45-year-old Essam El-Hadary. “I played until I was 40 but he is still playing,” the 47-year-old added.

El-Hadary, who helped Egypt reach the World Cup for the first time in 28 years, is set to become the oldest man to play at a World Cup and the former Manchester United player believes the Pharaohs have a chance to advance to the next round in Russia.

“I think they have a chance to qualify to the next round and win their first game,” he added.

Egypt, who were drawn in Group A, will kick off their group stage campaign against Uruguay on June 15, before playing against Russia and Saudi Arabia on the 19th and 25th, respectively.

Youssef Wael is a massive Al Ahly and Manchester United supporter from Cairo, Egypt. One of the few Egyptians who never really wanted to have a career in football, just played it as a hobby. Wael also played squash for 7 years.

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