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Saudi Arabia game will be the toughest one, says Mahmoud Kahraba

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Al Ittihad forward has spoken about ’s upcoming clash with in the final game of their campaign.

Egypt and Saudi Arabia will not advance to the round of 16 as both teams confirmed their exits from the World Cup after Matchday 2 following defeats from Russia and Uruguay respectively.

The Pharaohs and the Green Falcons both have zero points but the latter are bottom of the table in Group A on goal difference.

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Speaking to ON Sport, Mahmoud Kahraba claimed that their upcoming game with Saudi Arabia is a lot harder than games against Uruguay and Russia, saying: “This game will be the toughest one because it’s considered an Arab derby.

“Football doesn’t reward the strongest team on paper, it rewards the most disciplined team on the pitch. Saudi Arabia have really special players.

“This generation of players wants to claim a first World Cup win in Egypt’s history. We wanted to make the supporters happy but the previous results were poor and luck wasn’t on our side.

“All players did their best, the starting players and the substitutes. We also learned instructions from the coaching staff and we respect their point of view.

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“We hoped that we would do something special in a prestigious tournament as the World Cup. I’m sure that with the fans’ support we will make it to the 2022 World Cup,” he concluded.

Egypt will play against Saudi Arabia on Monday before both teams leave Russia. Kick off is set to take place at 14:00 GMT.



  1. Hosam

    June 23, 2018 at 3:47 AM

    If Saudi Arabia is the thoughest game, you don’t deserve to be in the world cup.

    • Andrew

      June 23, 2018 at 8:17 AM

      Yes, they do. They won the qualification ticket fair and square. Now shut up.

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