Egypt’s left-back Abdel-Shafi confirmed to miss Ghana clash

The Pharaoh’s coach Hector Cuper said that there are plenty of worthy replacements for the injured Abdel-Shafi in Wednesday’s Africa Cup of Nations clash

Ahram Online , Tuesday 24 Jan 2017,
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Mohamed Abdel-Shafy
Uganda's forward Geoffrey Massa (R) jumps to head the ball with Egypt's defender Mohamed Abdel-Shafy (AFP)

Egypt’s left-back Mohamed Abdel-Shafi has been confirmed to miss Wednesday's important game against Ghana in the third round of the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations.

"Abdel-Shafi has failed medical examinations and he is officially out of the Ghana match," Egypt’s delegation head Hazem El-Hawary told reporters during the team's stay in Gabon.

The Ahly and Jeddah defender sustained an ankle sprain in the 1-0 win over Uganda on Saturday but played the full game.

The Pharaohs Argentinean manager Hector Cuper has reassured the fans that his squad has good substitutes for Abdel-Shafi.

"Ahmed Fathi, Omar Gaber and Karim Hafez are ready to replace Abdel-Shafi," Cuper said in a press conference Monday.

Egypt need to win or at least draw against Ghana as they are second in group D with four points, two behind Ghana who ensured their place in the last eight after a narrow 1-0 victory over Mali earlier on Saturday.

Egypt's loss would be a great present for Mali who need to win against Uganda to collect four points.

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