The Egyptian national team has played its last friendly game against Belgium in a 3-0 loss ahead of their World Cup campaign in Russia, before they return back to Cairo for final training sessions
Egypt was forced to play the friendlies without the prolific goalscorer Mohamed Salah who lost the change in participation after he sustained a shoulder injury in a Sergio Ramos collision during the final of the Champions league in Kiev. An unexpected move was also shown by Cuper for not calling up Al Ain’s attacking midfielder Hussien El Shahat who has made an outstanding debut season with the UAE outfit
The Pharaohs managed to draw level the first two games against Kuwait (1-1) and Columbia (0-0), both matches witnessed no win tactics from Hector Cuper as he managed to keep an unbeaten scoreline in addition to his defensive substitutions during both games
Despite the loss, Belgium game witnessed more chances on target for the Pharaohs and was a surprising shock for Trezeguet not to start in such a crucial game for the team’s spirit, However his substitution in the second half revealed the significance of such player in the Egyptian squad
Cuper has started all three games with three different starting XIs, changing positions for some players and viewing overall performances before picking out 23-man squad to travel to Russia
For the final squad, it has witnessed the inclusion of six players from Al Ahly, two from Zamalek and the rest are International players. In addition to the inclusion of Sherif Ekramy instead of Ismaily keeper Mohamed Awad, another major change in Cuper’s list was the exclusion of the FC Braga forward Ahmed Hassan Kouka.
Meanwhile, the national team has arrived in Cairo Egypt including Mohamed Salah who made a small visit to his boyhood club, Arab Contractors, to meet up with the 2003 squad. The team’s next training session is on Saturday and it will be welcoming the fans for support before they head to their flight to Russia.
With all the negativity surrounding them, we give our full support to the Egyptian National Team who made it so far and sent us to the World Cup for the first time in 28 years. Way to go champs!