Egypt to play with different formation against Guinea: Assistant coach Ramzy

Ahmed Abd El Rasoul , Saturday 15 Jun 2019,
Hany Ramzy
File Photo: Assistant coach Hany Ramzy (Photo: Ahram)

Egypt's national football team will be playing with a different formation when they face Guinea on Sunday in the final warm-up match ahead the African Cup of Nations on home soil.

"We won't face Guinea with the same formation that was used against Tanzania," Egypt's assistant coach Hany Ramzy told Time Sport TV channel late on Friday.

Egypt is hosting this year’s Nations Cup, which has been expanded to 24 teams and will take place from 21 June to 19 July.

The Pharaohs claimed a 1-0 win over Tanzania on Thursday in the first friendly of the final preparatory camp.

"The technical staff talked with the players about our faults against Tanzania to amend the mistakes in the coming matches. Also we had many positive benefits from Thursday's test," the former Ahly star Ramzy said.

 "The formation will be different on Sunday. Also we will have four or five substitutions in the interval as we seek to see all the players in action.

"We want to examine the 23 players so all of them will play and those who didn't appear against Tanzania will be available against Guinea.

"We also could play with a new strategy like 4-4-2 or 3-4-3 to get the utmost benefit out of the friendly matches ahead of the tournament," he said.

The record seven-time African champions Egypt will play in Group A along with DR Congo, Uganda and Zimbabwe.

Egypt will kick off the tournament by playing Zimbabwe on 21 June.

With Javier Aguirre at the helm, the Pharaohs are seeking to win the precious title for the first time since 2010, the last of their record seven victories.

Egypt reached the final of the 2017 edition, only to lose 2-1 to Cameroon.

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