Ahly's Abou-Treika and Gomaa deserve World Cup spot: Egypt coach Bradley

Ahmed Abd El Rasoul , Saturday 29 Dec 2012

The Pharaohs coach hails players' determination to reach the World Cup in Brazil, says all must fight to secure a place in the national team

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Ahly's forward Mohamed Abou Treika (Photo: Bassam El-Zoghby)

Egypt coach Bob Bradley has hailed the Pharaohs' players after Friday's 2-0 friendly win over Qatar, insisting they are on the right track to reach the 2014 World Cup finals.

The seven-time African champions, Egypt, turned on the style to beat Qatar away from home as part of their preparations for their next World Cup qualifier against Zimbabwe, which will be played in March 2013.

"The match was a good chance for both teams to examine themselves. We achieved our goals from the game and I think the camp in Qatar as a whole was a successful one," Bradley told TV outlets after the match.

"Amid the domestic football stoppage in Egypt, we are searching for friendly matches with strong teams to get the best preparation for the squad in the coming period.

"Egypt's players are doing their best to reach the World Cup finals. For example, Ahly duo Mohamed Abou-Treika and Wael Gomaa did everything in football in their career and only need to reach the World Cup," the former USA coach added.

Zidan's place not secured

Answering a question about the future of Bani Yas striker Mohamed Zidan, who is currently out of action due to knee injury, Bradley said: "All Egyptian players must realise that exerting a great effort on the pitch is the only way to get a place in the national team," the 54-year-old tactician said.

Egypt and Qatar agreed before the friendly to donate the game's revenues to the families of the victims of February’s Port Said football disaster and November’s deadly train accident in Assiut governorate in Upper Egypt.

Egypt will host Zimbabwe in March in their third match in the World Cup qualifiers’ group stage while Qatar will take part in the Gulf Cup of Nations next month.

In the qualifiers, Egypt tops Group G with six points from two games, three ahead of second-placed Guinea. Zimbabwe and Mozambique have one point each.

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