Africa Cup of Nations qualifying resumes for the first time in nearly a year, as Egypt host Togo in Cairo at 7pm on Saturday.
Egypt XI: El-Shennawi; Hani, Hegazy, Hamdi, Aboul-Fotouh; Mohamed Elneny, El-Sulaya; Zizo, El-Said, Trezeguet; Mohamed.
Togo XI: Barcola; Klousseh, Tchoutchoui, Djene, Lawson, Atchou, Sunu, Ayite, Laba, Bebou, Mlapa.
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Egypt vs Togo build-up, pre-match team news & previous line-ups:
The tournament was initially set to take place in January-February of 2021 but has been pushed back on multiple occasions, now scheduled for 2022.
That rescheduling sees Egypt return to international action for the first time since 18 November 2019, when they drew 0-0 with Comoros.
The hiatus won’t have done much to decrease pressure on Pharaohs manager Hossam El Badry, who has drawn both of his Group G matches against Comoros and Kenya to leave Egypt third.
It is therefore a must-win game on Saturday in the first of two consecutive fixtures against bottom side Togo.
- Egypt (vs Comoros): El-Shenawy; Hany, Hegazi, Alaa, Ashraf; Soleya, Hamed; Trezequet, Magdi Kafsha, Elsoulia; Kahraba.
- Togo (vs Sudan): Barcola; Amenyido, Atchou, Bessile, Dakonam; Denkey, Kangnivi, Lawson; Ayite, Bebou, Sunu.
Egypt’s last game came 361 days ago, so much is likely to change in Saturday’s line-up.
Defenders Baher El Mohamady and Ramy Rabia are both unavailable through injury while Mohamed Salah is also absent, but his fellow Premier League stars Trezeguet and Mohamed Elneny are expected to feature for the home side.
Players to watch:
- Egypt: Unfortunately for Egypt, they will be without talisman Mohamed Salah who has tested positive for coronavirus, adding to the difficult task ahead. One man who could replace him is Kahraba, who has scored Egypt’s only going in qualifying so far. The 26-year-old plays his club football in Egypt for El Ahly and is capable of being utilised across the attack. In Egypt’s two qualifiers so far he has been deployed as the centre-forward but he may drop back to midfield in Salah’s absence. But he can still make an impact.
- Togo: The days of Emmanuel Adebayor are long gone for Togo, but in Gilles Sunu they have a capable striker. Sunu, a former France youth international who plays club football for Chateauroux in Ligue 2, netted his first international goal for his country in last month’s 1-1 friendly draw with Sudan and could represent Togo’s best route to goal.
Scoreline prediction: Egypt 2-0 Togo
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