The Egyptian national team received a huge boost by joining its star and Liverpool star, Mohamed Salah, in Libreville, to play a strong confrontation with its host Gabon in the second round of Group F competitions, in the second round of African qualifiers for the 2022 World Cup.
Salah, 29, returns to the leadership of the “Pharaohs”, after he missed the first match against Angola on Wednesday in Cairo, in which the “Pharaohs” suffered to win a single goal from a penalty kick by Mohamed Magdy “Afsha”, due to the quarantine restrictions imposed by the Corona virus. Britain on arrivals from the countries of the red zone, including Egypt.
Salah published a picture of him in the Pharaohs shirt on his pages on social networking sites, and commented on it, saying, “10 years and still counting,” referring to the period he spent with the Egyptian national team so far.
The match is of great importance for the Egyptian team, as the Gabonese team is the most prominent competitor for the group ticket to the decisive role, and its victory on Sunday will enhance its chances of qualifying, especially since Gabon lost the first match against its host Libya 1-2.
Egypt coach Hossam El-Badry is expected to make some changes to the starting lineup, after the lackluster appearance of his players and the decline in the performance of most of them against Angola. Bordeaux, France, which failed at the last minute.
Al-Badri said: “We are looking for victory only during the confrontation with Gabon, and we watched their match against Libya in the first stage, and we have identified the strengths and weaknesses,” noting that “the opponent possesses some distinguished elements and seeks to compensate for his loss in the opening match, so the confrontation will be strong, but I trust.” In the capabilities of the Egyptian players to overcome the second stage in the qualifiers.”
On the other hand, Gabon coach Patrice Nouveau confirmed that his team can compete for the qualification ticket and compensate for the loss against Libya, “and they are able to win against the Pharaohs.”
Novo, who knows Egyptian football well by virtue of his supervision of the training of the Ismaili and Smouha teams previously, added: “We already have a difficult confrontation, but we have professional players who have experience dealing with big matches, led by the “Arsenal striker” captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
Regarding Salah’s participation in tomorrow’s match, Novo said: “Salah is an important player for the Pharaohs, as he is the team’s top scorer in the recent period and makes the difference, but we have Aubameyang, a player and top scorer for Arsenal.
In the same group, Libya is a guest of Angola, thrilled with its deadly victory over Gabon in the first round, when it turned the table, turning it behind with a goal to win 2-1.
The tasks of the Arab teams will not be easy outside their bases, especially Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia, where the first is a guest of Burkina Faso in Morocco, the second is against Guinea in Conakry, and the third is against Zambia in Lusaka.
Algeria hit hard in the first round by honoring the benefit of Djibouti with eight clean goals in the first group, half of its yield was the share of striker Islam Slimani.
The Algerian team continued its unbeaten run for the 28th match in a row, an African record previously held by the Côte d’Ivoire team, with 26 unbeaten matches between 2011 and 2013.
Algeria coach Djamel Belmadi warned of Burkina Faso, saying, “We started the qualifiers with a positive result, and this is what we always strive for. We will start preparing for the next confrontation against Burkina Faso, which will be difficult,” adding that he aspires to win, regardless of the name of the competitor.
Burkina Faso enters the match in high spirits by defeating its host Niger with a clean double, and it chose Morocco for its home match against Algeria because its stadiums did not meet the standards of the International Federation of Play “FIFA”.
In the ninth group, the Moroccan team achieved its second successive victory after the first over Sudan “2-0”, when it visited troubled Guinea in a 1-1 draw with its host Guinea-Bissau.
The “Atlas Lions” did not suffer to beat Sudan, but without performing a performance that reassures their fans, which was confirmed by their Bosnian coach Vahid Halilhodzic, “The first match in the second round qualifiers and the first victory, this is an important thing, unfortunately, we did not take advantage of the opportunities that were available to us, but we did Good technical operations.
Halilhodzic, who excluded Chelsea star Hakim Ziyech for disciplinary reasons, added, “We will prepare calmly for the next match with all its requirements, it will undoubtedly be a different confrontation and we will face a team that depends on the physical aspect, but we have the capabilities to stand in front of all difficulties.”
In the same group, Sudan seeks to make up for its stumble against Morocco when it hosts Guinea-Bissau, hoping to correct the situation before it is too late.
Tunisia’s situation is no different from its neighbors Algeria and Morocco, when it is a guest of the returning Zambia with a precious victory over Mauritania 2-1 in Nouakchott in the second group.
Tunisia won a big victory over Equatorial Guinea by three goals, but it does not reflect the course of the match and the suffering of the Carthage Eagles.
Coach Munther Al-Kabeer said: “In the first half, the team did not show its true potential, and it was a period of forgetting.” He added: “In the second half, we appeared with a different face, which enabled us to impose absolute control over the game, so we scored 3 goals and we could have scored five, but we We missed at least 3 scoring chances.
Mauritania will be required to beat its host Equatorial Guinea to keep its hopes of competing for the group ticket.
The second round will witness two hot summits, the first in Group D between Côte d’Ivoire and Cameroon, and the second in Group G between South Africa and Ghana.
Source: Al Ittihad – Abu Dhabi