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Egypt assistant coach plays down superiority over Ghana

The Pharaohs' assistant coach voiced caution regarding his side's upcoming clash against Ghana in World Cup play-offs

Mohamad Mosselhi , Monday 16 Sep 2013
Diaa El-Sayed

Egypt's assistant coach Diaa El-Sayed believes a win against Ghana should not be taken for granted, stressing that the Pharaohs will have a tough mission against the Black Stars.

Egyptian fans felt relief on Monday after the draw for the World Cup play-offs which paired Egypt with Ghana, avoiding North African rivals Algeria and Tunisia.

The first leg will be played in Ghana from 11-15 October and the second from 15-19 November in Egypt.

"It will be a very tough game. We should not underestimate Ghana," El-Sayed told Ahram Sports on Monday.

"Local media are optimistic after being paired with Ghana but there is no room for optimism. It is time to work hard.''

"There is no difference between a North African rival and another. All teams who qualified for the play-offs are looking for a place in the World Cup and they will fight fiercely to achieve their target."

El-Sayed revealed that Egypt will prepare for their upcoming clash with two friendlies.

"We will prepare for Ghana's clash with two friendly games, and we have started communications with Cameroon and Burkina Faso for this," he added.


Egypt qualified for the World Cup only in 1934 and 1990.

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