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Pharaohs arrive for crunch Warriors tie
06/06/2013 00:00:00
by Sports Reporter
 
Must win game ... Bob Bradley
 
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EGYPT jetted into Harare on mid-day Thursday confident of posting an away victory against the Warriors in a 2014 World Cup qualifier at the National Sports Stadium, on Sunday.

One point is all they need to secure a place in the last qualifying round of the world showcase as they lead the standings with nine points, but that, according to captain, Adel-Waed El-Sayed is not the reason they are in Harare.

“We will beat Zimbabwe,” the skipper confidently told the media on arrival at the Harare International Airport.

“It is going to be a very difficult match but everyone in our team knows that victory is very important for us.”

On Tuesday, the Pharaohs played Botswana and scrapped to a 1-1 draw which coach Bob Bradley said was nothing to worry about.

“I have a balanced team of young and experienced players who know what they are supposed to do. Past results do not matter, we have studied Zimbabwe, especially the match they played against us and we have planned for it well.

“We need a win from this game because we do not want to have pressure going into the last two matches against Mozambique and Guinea,” Bradley said.

Egypt are on top of Group G of the World Cup qualifiers with nine points, five ahead of second-placed Guinea and seven clear of Mozambique and eight better than Zimbabwe.

After Tuesday's 1-1 friendly draw against Botswana, Bradley decided to exclude midfielder Tareq Hamed (Smouha), defender Hazem Emam (Zamalek), Walid Soliman (Ahly), Ayman Hefny (El-Geish) and defender Ali Ghazal (C D Nacional) from the squad.

The Warriors continued their preparations on Thursday at the match venue with Knowledge Musona, Devon Chafa and Cuthbert Malajila, who had picked up minor knocks in a friendly against Monomotapa on Wednesday back in full training.

On Friday, the Warriors will engage Premiership side Motor Action where indications of the possible 18, and even the final 11, will be evident.

Coach Klaus Dieter Pagels said he will name the final 18 on Saturday, but is not expected to make major changes to the team that lost 2-1 to the Pharaohs in March.

His captain Denver Mukamba said beating Egypt will enhance the team’s confidence as they build a new team.

“It’s still a very important match for us. Our chances of qualifying are very slim but this is football, anything can happen. We need to do our job, to win our matches and let fate take its course,” said Mukamba.



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“Beating a big team like Egypt will give us confidence going forward. We played well in Egypt and we were just unfortunate to lose the match in the dying minutes.”

Egypt squad

Goalkeepers: Abdel-Wahed El-Sayed, Ahmed El-Shennawy (Zamalek) and Sherif Ekrami (Ahly)

Defenders: Ahmed Fathi, Wael Gomaa, Ahmed Shedid Qenawi, Saad Samir (Ahly), Mahmoud Fathallah, Omar Gaber and Sabri Rahil (Zamalek), Ahmed Elmohamady, and Ahmed Hegazy (Fiorentina)

Midfielders: Hossam Ashour, Abdullah El-Said, Mohamed Abou-Treika (Ahly), Ibrahim Salah, Ahmed Eid Abdel-Malek, Mohamed Ibrahim (Zamalek), Amr Soulaya (Ismaily), Ahmed Hamoudy (Smouha), Mohamed El-Nenny (Basel FC)

Strikers: Ahmed Hassan Mekky (Haras El-Hodoud), Ahmed Gafar (Zamalek), Mohamed Salah (Basel) and Ahmed Temsah (Dhofar)


 
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