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2018 World Cup Guide: Group A: Egypt

Egypt wanted a final ditch penalty by Mohammed Salah to make sure their place within the 2018 World Cup.

2018 World Cup Information: Group A: EGYPT

For many years, Egypt have failed to show their dominance of the African recreation into World Cup qualification – till a last-gasp penalty ensured their place within the subject for Russia 2018. They final participated on the finals in 1990 and since then they’ve suffered the agony of a number of shut misses, together with a uncommon play-off recreation after ending degree with Algeria within the 2010 preliminaries. Through the years a myriad of coaches – together with Ruud Krol, Marco Tardelli and Bob Bradley – have tried to take them to the promised land, nevertheless it was Hector Cuper who lastly acquired them over the road.

Key Moments in Qualifying 

Nov 2015
A 1-Zero loss away to Chad within the first leg of a preliminary recreation held out the likelihood that the 2018 marketing campaign may once more be one other Egyptian flop. Nevertheless, it takes simply 10 minutes within the return for the deficit to be cancelled out and so they go on to win Four-1 on mixture.
Nov 2016
Ghana had hammered Egypt 6-1 to qualify for the 2014 finals however revenge is extracted with a 2-Zero win for the Pharaohs, who out of the blue discover themselves 5 factors clear in Group E.
Sep 2017
Having misplaced 1-Zero in Kampala simply days earlier, Egypt host Uganda in Alexandria and win a nervy encounter with an early objective from Mohamed Salah in a lower than convincing efficiency.
Oct 2017
Needing a win to make it possible for they qualify with a recreation nonetheless to play, a last-gasp Salah penalty ends the agony for Egyptian supporters as they edge bottom-placed Congo 2-1
on the Borg El Arab Stadium.

The Coach 

Hector Cuper, age 61 (16.11.55)
Appointed in March 2015 on a three-year contract, the Argentinian took Mallorca to the European Cup-winners Cup Ultimate and Valencia to 2 successive Champions League Finals.

Chief: Hector Cuper has coached Egypt again to a different World Cup (Getty Photographs)

The Gamers
Mohamed Salah may be very a lot the talisman of the crew.
Keeper Essam El Hadary, who’s 45 in January, might change into the oldest participant ever on the World Cup. Ahmed Fathy has received 122 caps, whereas mercurial midfield expertise Shikabala has just lately returned to the nationwide set-up after a three-year absence.
Basem Morsy has not performed since being punished for leaving the stadium after being substituted when Egypt beat Ghana in November 2016.
Amr Marey, a striker who performs for Etoile Sahel in Tunisia, acquired his first call-up.

Celebrity: Salah has change into a worldwide star along with his play for Liverpool and Egypt (Getty Photographs)

The Unanswered Questions

What sights will Egypt be setting themselves subsequent summer time?
Hector Cuper says a spot within the final 16 is the ambition, however a scarcity of expertise might rely in opposition to them. Egypt, nonetheless, will level to the truth that they reached the Ultimate of the Nations Cup after lacking three successive African championships.

Will Essam El Hadary change into the oldest participant on the World Cup?
After protecting objective in 5 of the six group video games he was disregarded of Cuper’s final squad and has now moved to Saudi Arabia, the place he won’t get as a lot aggressive motion because the coach needs to maintain him in form for Russia.

Elder Statesman: Hadary will likely be 45 when the event rolls round making him the oldest competitor, if he makes the squad (Getty Photographs)

Will Mohamed Salah rise to the problem on the world stage?
Since he joined Liverpool, Mohamed Salah has upped his status and have become a serious star, not solely in Africa however worldwide. Today he’s underneath immense stress to ship each time he performs for Egypt and he may discover the stress an excessive amount of to ship constantly within the finals.

Who will make a late push for inclusion within the squad?
Basem Morsy may be forgiven for his tantrums as Egypt search a dependable goal man, whereas Walid Soliman can be attributable to return after beforehand criticising the coach for leaving him out of the squad for a pleasant recreation.

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