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Egypt's coach Cuper hints at playing with 2 strikers against Chad

The Pharaohs open their qualifying campaign against Chad away from home on 14 November before hosting the African minnows three days later in the second leg

Mohamad Mosselhi , Tuesday 10 Nov 2015
Hector Cuper
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Egypt's coach Hector Cuper believes that the 4-4-2 formation is the most compatible for his side as they prepare for their upcoming World Cup qualifying games against Chad this month.

The Pharaohs open their qualifying campaign against Chad away from home on 14 November before hosting the African minnows three days later in the second leg.

"Until now I see the 4-4-2 formation as the most ideal one for the team," Cuper told Sport360 on Tuesday.

"With this formation the team attacks quite well."

It is likely that Zamalek striker Bassem Morsi and Braga striker Ahmed 'Hassan' Koka would start against Chad given the rare participation of Ahly's striker Amr Gamal this season.

The former Inter Milan coach heaped praise on Roma's attacking midfielder Mohamed Salah and Zamalek winger Mahmoud 'Kahraba' Abdel-Moneim who have produced fine performances with the Pharaohs under his helm.

"Mahmoud 'Kahraba' Abdel-Moneim and Mohamed Salah are essential figures in my formation," Cuper added.

"Salah is such a great player. In the national team he plays as an attacking midfielder, while in Roma he plays as a winger. In the end, his shifting of positions does not bother us."

Salah will miss the Chad games after picking up an ankle injury with Roma that will sideline him for around six weeks.  

The 59-year-old coach hinted that Ahly's skipper Hossam Ghaly would not feature in his side's starting line-up against Chad as he preferred Mohamed El-Nenny and Tarek Hamed as central midfielders.

The veteran midfielder got his first call-up under Cuper after producing a string of convincing performances with Ahly since the start of this season.  

"We also need two strong players in the midfield, and I believe Zamalek’s Tarek Hamed and Basel’s Mohamed Elneny are perfect for the positions.

"The players are obedient and they have managed to fit in with the playing system."

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