Monday, 14 October 2013

Match Preview: Ghana vs Egypt~World Cup Play Offs 1st Leg

The Pharaohs are already in Kumasi as they are already preparing to lock horns with the Black stars in their first leg World Cup qualifier that will kick off tomorrow Tuesday 15th October, by 4 Pm.

Ghana's Black Stars have been on the ascendancy ever since they qualified for their first World Cup in 2006 and would be looking to make it a habit of honouring the World’s prestigious football tournament when they face Egypt.

The Black Stars are looking forward to securing their third consecutive World Cup participation. Many Ghanaian very optimistic that their team will defeat the visiting Egyptians.
But their optimism maybe mere wishful thinking, judging by the fact that Egypt has a wonderful record so far in their World Cup campaigns, with six wins out of six games.
Also having failed to qualify for the World Cup 2010, and the last two AFCON tournaments, the Pharaohs are fully back to secure a ticket to Brazil by all means. With Walid, and Abou-Treika up front, Egyptians will have little or nothing to worry about.

The Black Stars also have had an impressive run in the group stage of the qualifications. They accumulated a total of 15 from a possible 18 points with the only loss away at Ndola to 2012 African Champions Zambia. Ghana have had good runs in the World Cup featuring in 2006 in Germany and 2010 in South Africa, where they were Africa’s best and last contingent from the continent to be eliminated. They nearly registered a record as the first African country to enter the semi-finals with an Asamoah Gyan spot kick away, but it was missed.

Ghana's probable line ups:

Richard Kingson; Daniel Opare, Awal Mohamed, Jerry Akaminko, Mubarak Wakaso; Sulley Muntari, Michael Essien; Kwadwo Asamoah, Andre Ayew, Asamoah Gyan; Abdul Majeed Waris.

It is likely for Egypt to start with:
Sherif Ekramy; Ahmed Fathi, Wael Gomaa, Mohamed Naguib, Ahmed Shedid; Hossam Ashour, Mohamed El-Nenny, Hossam Ghaly; Mohamed Salah, Mohamed Abou-Treika, Walid Soliman.

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