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Egypt coach Bradley determined to defeat Mozambique

In order to advance in World Cup ranks, Pharaohs must defeat Mozambique in African qualifiers

Ahram Online, Tuesday 11 Jun 2013
Egypt's head coach Bob Bradley of the U.S. (Photo: Reuters)

Egyptian national team manager Bob Bradley, addressing the Pharaohs, stressed the importance of the upcoming Mozambique World Cup qualifiers which will be held on 16 June.

"We have to defeat both Mozambique and Guinea if we want to have a better position in the FIFA rankings," the American coach explained to the team during a session Monday ahead of final preparations for the anticipated match.

The Pharaohs, who picked up the maximum 12 points from four games, are currently on top of Group G.

"In the world cup, FIFA classifies teams and if we get a low rank, we will be hit by powerful teams like Brazil in the group stage," Bradley added.

The Pharaohs will qualify for the final playoff with one matche to spare if they beat Mozambique in the upcoming qualifier on Sunday.

The ten group winners will advance to a two-legged playoff that will determine Africa's five representatives at next year's World Cup finals in Brazil.

"We have to win in order please millions of fans by going to the World Cup," Bradley concluded.

Currently 71st in the FIFA world rankings for May, Egypt is bidding for its first ticket to the world's most prestigious football tournament since 1990.

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