Egypt suffers blow as Ahly right-back Mohamed Hani sustains knee injury

Mahmoud Elassal , Sunday 15 Nov 2020

Egypt are scheduled to face Togo in the 4th round of the 2022 AFCON qualifiers on Tuesday

Egypt's Hani in action with Togo's Kodjo Fo-Doh Laba REUTERS

Egypt's national football team's right-back Mohamed Hani is confirmed to miss the Pharaohs' game against Togo in the 4th round of the 2022 African Cup of Nations after sustaining a knee ligament injury, the Egyptian Football Association (EFA) announced.

Egypt are scheduled to face Togo in the 4th round of the 2022 AFCON qualifiers on Tuesday.

"Mohamed Hani will miss Egypt's flight to Togo after medical scans showed that the player suffers from a torn ligament injury ," read a statement by the EFA released on Sunday.

The 24-year-old sustained the injury during Egypt's 1-0 win over Togo in the 3rd round of the 2022 AFCON qualifiers on Saturday.

"Hani's injury is not disturbing, but the technical staff decided to hand the player a rest after contacting Ahly's medical staff to inform them about Hani's injury," Egypt's national team's Doctor Mohamed Aboul Ela said.

Hani is a key player for Ahly, who are preparing to face their arch-rivals Zamalek in the CAF Champions League final game on 27 November.

Egypt scored a second-half goal from defender Mahmoud Hamdi to scrape a 1-0 home win over Togo, moving to the top of their African Nations Cup qualifying group on Saturday.

The Pharaohs will still be content to bag all three points as they moved level on five points with Comoros in Group G. Kenya lie third on three points; and Togo, who are managed by veteran French coach Claude Le Roy, lie at the bottom with a solitary point.

The top two teams in each group will advance to the Cameroon finals. Egypt is due to face Togo away from home on Tuesday.

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