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Preview: Egypt seek moral win against Guinea

The Pharaohs have already secured a place in the final phase of the World Cup qualifiers, but beating Guinea will have other positive benefits

Ahmed Abd El Rasoul , Monday 9 Sep 2013

Egypt will be seeking to maintain their perfect run when they host Guinea in the last round of Group G of the 2014 World Cup African qualifiers on Tuesday.

The match is largely meaningless for the Pharaohs as they have ensured that they will finish on top of the group with one game to spare, after becoming the only team to collect a maximum 15 points from five matches during the qualification round.

The final Group G match, which will be played behind closed doors, will take place at a tiny 12,000-seat stadium in El-Gouna, around 430 kilometres south of Cairo.

The match venue has been moved from Alexandria to the small resort city due to security concerns.

Despite the fact that his team will not be playing under pressure, Egypt coach Bob Bradley has reportedly asked his players to win to fulfill Egyptians' World Cup dreams.

Bradley will be without key players like Hosni Abd-Rabou, Wael Gomaa, Hossam Ashour, Mohamed 'Gedo' Nagy and Mohamed El-Neny for different reasons, but the match will be a great chance to try out new faces.

Beating Guinea will also be vital for the seven-time African Champions ahead of Thursday's announcement of the FIFA rankings.

The Egyptians are anxiously waiting for the 16 September draw to learn who they will face in the final two-leg playoff as they seek to reach the World Cup for the first time since 1990.

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