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Egypt to shuffle starting line-up against Tunisia

The Pharaohs' coach reveals that he will make changes to his side's starting line-up in Wednesday's clash against Tunisia

Mohamad Mosselhi , Tuesday 9 Sep 2014
Shawky Gharib
Egypt's national soccer team coach Shawky Gharib (Photo: Al-Ahram)

Egypt's coach Shawky Gharib said he will make some changes to the team's starting line-up when they host Tunisia in their second Group G game of the African Cup of Nations qualifiers on Wednesday.

The Pharaohs are seeking to make up for a disappointing start that saw them lose 2-0 away to Senegal in their opening game.

Several players were below-par in Dakar, in particular the three-man backline which was porous against Senegal's pacy forwards.

"There will be some changes to the team's starting XI against Tunisia," Gharib told the pre-match news conference on Tuesday without elaborating further.

The changes will likely include replacing Zamalek's Khaled Kamar, who failed to impress against Senegal, with Ahly's promising striker Amr Gamal who injected zeal when he came on as a second-half substitute.

Central midfielder Hossam Ghaly could also make way for Hosni Abd-Rabou after he was repeatedly dispossessed in the centre of the field in the Group G opener.

"We are looking for a win to keep our chances alive of reaching the Nations Cup," Gharib added.

Gharib confirmed that Zamalek's left wing-back Mohamed Abdel-Shafy, who missed Senegal clash, will be available against Tunisia after recovering from injury. 

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