Gharib warns Egypt players of Senegal attack
Ahmed Abd El Rasoul, Wednesday 12 Nov 2014
Pharaohs boss is aware of his opponent's strengths, works hard to make balance between attack and defence ahead of Saturday's crucial clash

Egypt coach Shawky Gharib has warned his players to be aware of Senegal's attacking line ahead of the match on Saturday.

Egypt will host Senegal in a do-or-die clash on Saturday before facing Tunisia away five days later as they seek qualification to the African Nations Cup for the first time since lifting the last of their record seven titles in 2010.

Egypt, who are missing key striker Amr Gamal and regular left-back Mohamed Abdel-Shafi, as well as goalkeeper Sherif Ekramy due to injuries, must beat Senegal to stand a chance of reaching next year's Morocco finals.

"We have no other choice but to win against Senegal to continue our African campaign successfully, but at the same time we must tighten our defence," Gharib told Reuters on Wednesday.

"Despite losing their prominent striker Demba Ba, Senegal has a great striking force and our defenders must be on target.

"We are also concentrating with our strikers to find attacking solutions that don’t affect our defence negatively," added Gharib.

The Pharaohs are third in Group G with six points. Tunisia are top with 10 points, three more than second-placed Senegal.

(For more sports news and updates, follow AhramOnlineSports on Twitter at@AO_Sportsand on Facebook atAhramOnlineSports.)