Besiktas' Demba Ba reacts during their Champions League playoff soccer match against Arsenal at the Emirates stadium in London August 27, 2014 (Photo: Reuters)
Senegal and Besiktas striker Demba Ba has been ruled out of Egypt clash in the 2015 African Nations Cup (CAN) qualifiers on 5 September due to injury.
The Pharaohs will be hosted by the Senegalese team in Dakar on Friday evening in the qualifiers opener.
According to reports in the Sengalese media, the former Chelsea hitman will not be available for CAN qualifiers against Egypt and Botswana, after picking up an injury in Besiktas’ Champions League play-off against Arsenal.
Sangoné Sarr of AS Pikine was reportedly called up as a replacement for Demba Ba in Senegal’s squad.
Egypt coach Shawky Gharib — who won the CAN three times in a row (2006, 2008 and 2010) as an assistant to coach Hassan Shehata — is bidding for a return to the top. The team missed the last two editions in 2012 and 2013 under Shehata and American manager Bob Bradley respectively.
In the 2015 CAN qualifiers, Egypt will play in Group G along with Tunisia, Senegal and Botswana.
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