The Egyptian national team, led by Hossam El-Badry, will play its only and last match today at the Stade de Franceville in the capital, Libreville, which will host the match of the Pharaohs against Gabon at seven in the evening, Sunday, Cairo time, in the second round of the African qualifiers for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
Hossam El-Badri asked to impose a fence of secrecy on the team’s training in Gabon, to prevent the infiltration of any members of the technical staff of the Gabon team and to follow up the training, which will witness the finalization of the plan in which the Pharaohs will play tomorrow’s match.
Al-Badry and his apparatus settled on relying on defensive insurance tomorrow against Gabon, especially since the team that owns the land will play offensively due to its loss in the first round against Libya, and therefore will need to win at home to preserve its chances of qualifying for the second round of the World Cup qualifiers, so the Egyptian team will play on the quick counter-attacks to shake Gabon window.
In a related development, Dr. Mohamed Abu El-Ela, the team doctor, received a medical report from the Arsenal medical staff, confirming that Mohamed Elneny, the Arsenal player, could not catch up with the team’s mission to Gabon because he suffered a muscle injury during his team’s training last Thursday morning.
The Egyptian Football Association had made a great effort towards ending its official agreement with Arsenal FC for the player to join the team’s mission in Gabon.
While the technical staff of the Egyptian national team is awaiting the arrival of Mohamed Salah, the English star of Liverpool, on a private plane to Gabon today, to participate in the last training before facing Gabon tomorrow, after his club agreed to join the team there.
Egypt’s national team won a difficult victory over Angola with a clean goal, in the match that was held between them on Wednesday evening, at the Air Defense Stadium in the framework of the first round of the African qualifying matches for the World Cup. The team’s only goal was scored by Mohamed Magdy Afsha from a penalty kick obtained by Ahmed Aboul Fotouh. After the Angola defender tackled him inside the penalty area in the 4th minute.
Although Egypt defeated Angola 1-0, the team ranked second behind the leaders Libya after its 2-1 victory over Gabon in the meeting held in Libya.