OPINION: 4 omissions that highlight problems with Egypt’s 29-man squad
Andrew Sidhom gives his take on four problematic omissions from Cuper’s preliminary, 29-man squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.
While a nation remains in shock since seeing its brightest star leave the Champions League final in tears holding his shoulder last night, Egypt’s preparations for the planet’s biggest football tournament have to go on, and despite much doubt and speculation, Mohamed Salah looks set to play his part in it. He will remain a doubt over the coming period for the first group game at least, and Cuper’s thinking about which player from his chosen squad can potentially start in his place will come into focus over the course of the upcoming two friendlies, but for now, we can set aside the Salah question for a moment and more generally discuss Cuper’s selections and omissions of players for the preparatory camp before Russia 2018.
First, a disclaimer: I believe that this selection for the most part makes sense. And the starting XI, with the exception of the goalkeeper and possibly a winger against Uruguay, is pretty much set in stone by now. Two positions that witnessed changes from game to game in the past period are now clearer with the emergence of Trezeguet and Marwan Mohsen ahead of their teammates competing for their positions. That said, four omissions from the squad show four problems that could come to play a part in our chances at next month’s highly anticipated tournament.
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