Pharaohs coach worried ahead of Ghana clash

Hector CuperEgyptian Head Coach, Hector Cuper is worried over the injury situation in the camp of the Pharaohs ahead of their AFCON 2017 group clash tomorrow at the Port Gentil Stadium in Gabon.
The Egyptians are without two of their trusted goalkeepers who suffered hamstring injuries which were attributed to the bad nature of the Port Gentil pitch.
Ghana has also lost its stalwart left full back, Baba Rahman.
With Ghana and Egypt in a comfortable situation – needing a draw to sail through to the quarter final stage – both coaches, Cupper and his Ghanaian counterpart, Avram Grant would just not play for pride but try to establish their superiority over the other.
It is in line with this that Head Coach of the Egyptian national team; Hector Cuper has expressed concern about the absence of his two goalkeepers ahead of a game between two favourites.
Cupper said though he agrees with Ghana coach, Avram Grant, that they should be given the opportunity to replace two of their injured goalkeepers, the rules of the competition forbids that.
That leaves the Egyptians in a very tight corner as any injury to the veteran goalkeeper; El-Hadary would mean the Pharaohs would be without a goalkeeper.
The North Africans, have only one goalkeeper left in the competition, which many consider very risky, hence the call on Confederation of Africa Football (CAF), to allow them the chance to make replacements.
Cupper said, it was an unpleasant situation and he was unhappy with it, but noted that, he has no option than to stick to one goalkeeper throughout the competition.
“I wish we are given the chance to make changes in the team, because the nature of the pitch contributed to our situation, but the rules of the competition do not allow that.
“We are compelled to go by the rules and hope that we avoid further injuries especially on the only goalkeeper left for us.
“And when one is playing Ghana with a situation like this, then we can only hope that only the best happen to us.”
“The rules of CAF are very clear on that and we have no option. We have however put that aside and focused on winning the match against Ghana to advance to the next stage of the competition.”
Ahmed El-Shennawy sustained hamstring tear in their opening match of Group D against Mali last Tuesday, whilst El Ekramy is being treated for hamstring strain, leaving the North Africans with only veteran El Hadary.
According to the regulations of the Confederation of Africa Football (CAF), there will be no replacement 24 hours, before the start of the competition.

-GNA

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