Hector Cuper: “Shikabala has improved a lot” | VIDEO
Egypt coach Hector Cuper has revealed that he will give more space to new figures when the Pharaohs take on Ghana on Sunday in their last World Cup qualifier.
The Pharaohs have already secured their World Cup berth following a 2-1 win against Congo last month.
“We will give some players more chances against Ghana. It is an important match because we need to keep realizing good results even if we achieved our target,” the Argentinean tactician told a presser on Monday.
Cuper handed former PAOK and Zamalek winger Mahmoud “Shikbala” Abdel-Razeq his first call-up since 2013 following a string of impressive displays since joining Saudi-based team Al-Raed last summer.
“Shikabala has improved a lot recently and I wanted to test him as a second striker or in the number 10 position. He’ll get his chance against Ghana,” Cuper added.
He also revealed that he decided to drop Liverpool star Mohamed Salah from this game to give him a break after an intense start of the season.
“We saw that Salah is exhausted physically and mentally and so I decided to rest him. It will give us the opportunity to see other players play in his position,” Cuper said.
The Pharaohs talisman has been in a scintillating form at Liverpool scoring 12 goals in 16 games in all competitions so far.
2-1 win against Congo last month