Egypt coach Cuper seeking to replace injured trio ahead of Congo clash

Published October 2nd, 2017 - 04:25 GMT
Egypt coach Hector Cuper
Egypt coach Hector Cuper

Egypt coach Hector Cuper has confirmed that he is working to find replacements for three injured players ahead of Sunday's crucial game against Congo in the 2018 World Cup qualifiers.

The Pharaohs are missing three key-players due to injury: Ahly duo Abdallah El-Saied and Hossam Ashour sustained muscle injuries during CAF Champions League games, while Mahmoud Abdel-Monem "Kahraba", who plays for Ittihad Jeddah, is also out with a leg injury.

The trio are confirmed to miss the coming game against Congo.

"Saleh Gomaa will be a suitable replacement for the injured Abdallah El-Saied," Cuper told a press conference on Monday.

"I am convinced by the performance of Saleh Gomaa, as well as any player in the team squad who can participate, according to the needs of the game.

"Egypt's national team will be affected by the absence of injured forward Kahraba," Cuper added.

"I will search for a replacement for Kahraba, El-Saied and Ashour in the Egypt squad," the Argentinean coach said.

In addition to seeking replacements for the injured trio, Cuper has called up Ahly midfielder Moamen Zakarya, Smouha striker Hossam Hassan and Ismaily midfielder Mohamed Fathi to join the Egypt camp for the Congo clash.

Egypt will host Congo in the much-anticipated 2018 World Cup qualifier game, scheduled for 8 October.

The Pharaohs and Congo will meet in Group E in the tournament's fifth matchday at Borg El-Arab Stadium in Alexandria.

Topping Group E with nine points, the Pharaohs are looking for a victory over Congo to boost their chances of a place in the 2018 World Cup finals in Russia.

If Egypt win on 8 October, they only need Ghana to beat Uganda in their next Group E clash to ensure a place in Russia next year.

Egypt last made it to the World Cup in 1990 and hope to end their 28-year wait with an appearance in Russia.

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