LIVE: GHANA v EGYPT | World Cup 2018 Qualifier Match | 11-12-2017
Match K.O. at 17:30 Cairo time (GMT+2)
Venue: Baba Yara Stadium (Kumasi)
Referee: Malang Diedhiou (Senegal)
Egypt manager Hector Cuper will be looking to tweak his side against Ghana in Cape Coast in the final World Cup Group E qualifier after guaranteeing a spot at the 2018 Russia finals.
After beating minnows Congo 2-1 at home in the group’s penultimate round, Egypt moved four points clear of second-placed Uganda to seal a World Cup berth for the first time in 28 years with one game to spare.
And Cuper saw the meaningless tie against Ghana as a perfect chance to introduce new faces into his squad, with the Argentine manager consistently criticized for sticking to a certain group of players.
Liverpool and Egypt star Mohamed Salah, whose brace against Congo sent his side to the World Cup, has been rested for the game following a hectic spell with both club and country, as Saudi-based winger Shikabala was called up for the first time in three years.
Key West Bromwich center-back Ahmed Hegazi has been also left out due to personal reasons, with another regular defender in left-back Mohamed Abdel-Shafi missing the game through injury.
Egypt are top of the group with 12 points, while Ghana lie third with six.