Egypt World Cup squad almost settled, Osama Nabih confirms
The Pharaohs recently had their second consecutive draw when they faced South American side Colombia in a friendly match in Milan which ended 0-0. This was the second of Egypt’s three preparatory friendlies, with the first match being a disappointing 1-1 draw with Kuwait.
Head coach Hector Cuper is facing a tough time before the World Cup after team key player Mohamed Salah was injured in the Champions League final with Liverpool, which forced the goal-machine to not take part in the team’s final preparations and friendly matches. There is also the possibility that Salah will miss the first match of the group stage against Uruguay.
“We made our mind about the main squad for the national team a while ago, we were only discussing a few positions,” Osama Nabih told ON Sport TV channel. “We’re settled for about 95% of the squad that will go to the World Cup.”
Cuper will have to find new attacking solutions as he might not be able to depend on the Liverpool star for the first time in his managerial stint with Egypt.
“Since the moment he was injured we started putting new scenarios for the national team,” he said. “We’ve mainly settled for the final starting line which played the first half against Colombia.”
Nabih explained that the substitutions made when they were facing Colombia was mainly because some players suffered physical fatigue.
“We will be focusing more on the starting line that played against Colombia in the first half while working on small details in the training camp and when we meet Belgium in the last friendly.”
Egypt’s third and final friendly will be against Belgium on June 6 before facing Uruguay at the World Cup on June 15.
“When we face Belgium, we will start with the almost-final starting line that will play in the World Cup,” he added.
As for a question that discussed changing the team’s playing style, Nabih said: “We change our playing style a million times during matches. Of course, we don’t change the way we play completely because this takes years to change. The team is in a good position and we’re aiming to further develop ourselves.”
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