Last chance for Egypt's golden generation: Abd-Rabou

Ahmed Abd El Rasoul , Saturday 12 Oct 2013

The veteran midfielder hopes to see Egypt's current generation of players at the World Cup finals in Brazil

Hosni Abd-Rabou
File photo: Egypt's Hosni Abd Rabbou (Photo: AP)

Egypt and Ismaily midfielder Hosni Abd-Rabou believes that beating Ghana is the only chance for the Pharaohs golden generation to reach the World Cup finals for the first time in their careers.

Under the guidance of American coach Bob Bradley, Egypt is in the running for the World Cup for the first time since 1990.

The Pharaohs are one step away from a place at the 2014 World Cup finals, as they face a two-legged playoff against Ghana.

Bradley's final 26-man squad for the anticipated clash against the Black Stars on Tuesday consists of veteran stars in their 30s, including Wael Gomaa, Mohamed Abou-Treika and Hossam Ghaly.

"Winning the two matches against Ghana is the last chance for one of Egypt's best ever football generations to appear in the World Cup," the two-time African Cup of Nations winner (2008, 2010), Abd-Rabou, was quoted as saying by Reuters on Saturday.

"We are not scared by Ghana or the recent declarations of its coach. We will do our best to win the first leg in Kumasi," added the 28-year old player, who has just returned to action after months on the sidelines as a result of injury.

The seven-time African champions, Egypt, are scheduled to host the Ghanaians at Cairo's Air Defence stadium for the second half of the game on 19 November.

Fans will be allowed to attend the game after being banned from recent matches due to security concerns.

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