Egypt v Colombia | Friendly | Match Preview
Egypt will face Colombia this Friday in a World Cup preparation test.
Friday June 1st, 2018 | 21:15 Cairo Local Time | 14:30 ET Canada-USA
Venue: Stadio Atleti Azzurri d’Italia
The EFA have announced the welcome news that Liverpool star player Mohamed Salah will be fit to go to the World Cup, but he certainly won’t be available to face Colombia.
With Salah having picked up a shoulder injury in the Champions League final, Egypt played without him when they took on Kuwait and laboured to a 1-1 draw in which they had to come from behind.
Egypt’s national team coach, Argentinean Hector Cuper, said that the Pharaohs are ready for the 2018 World Cup finals in Russia, confirming he is satisfied with the team’s preparations.
“After Salah’s injury I am still optimistic ahead of the 2018 World Cup finals,” Cuper said during an interview with the Egyptian Football Association (EFA) official website.
The team faces a serious challenge after star winger Salah picked up a shoulder injury in Saturday’s UEFA Champions league final that will sideline him for at least three weeks.
“Injuries are an ordinary thing in football, but we are bidding on the players’ ability of passing such difficult moments,” Cuper said.
Egypt will kick-off their World Cup campaign 15 June against Uruguay, and then face hosts Russia on 19 June. Their final group stage match will be against Saudi Arabia on 25 June.
For Egypt, this is a game of huge significance. The African outfit have been in desperately poor form of late and have failed to register a win in any of their last four outings.
Colombia, by way of comparison, have won two of their last three and can come into this game brimming with confidence. And it is indeed the Colombians who come into this clash as the clear favorites.
Goalkeepers: Essam El Hadary (Al Taawoun), Mohamed El Shennawy (Ahly Egypt), Sherif Ekramy (Ahly Egypt), Mohamed Awad (Ismaily).
Defenders: Ahmed Fathi (Ahly Egypt), Saad Samir (Ahly Egypt , Ayman Ashraf (Ahly Egypt , Mahmoud Hamdy (Zamalek), Abdel-Shafy (Al Fath), Hegazi (WBA), Elmohamady (Aston Villa), Karim Hafez (RC Lens), Omar Gaber (LAFC), Amro Tarek (Orlando City)
Midfielders: Tarek Hamed (Zamalek), Abdel Aziz (Zamalek), Shikabala (Al Raed), Abdallah El Said (Ahly Egypt), Sam Morsy (Wigan), Elneny (Arsenal), Kahraba (Ittihad), Trezeguet (Kasimpasa), Amr Warda (Atromitos)
Forwards: Marawan Mohsen (Ahly Egypt), Ahmed Gomaa (Al Masry), Ahmed Hassan Koka (SC Barga)
Goalkeepers: David Ospina (Arsenal), Camilo Vargas (Deportivo Cali), Iván Arboleda (Banfield), José Fernando Cuadrado (Once Caldas)
Defenders: Davinson Sánchez (Tottenham), Yerry Mina (Barcelona), Cristián Zapata (AC Milan), Santiago Arias (PSV), Frank Fabra (Boca Juniors), Óscar Murillo (Pachuca), Johan Mojica (Girona)
Midfielders: Carlos Sánchez (Espanyol), Jefferson Lerma (Levante), James Rodríguez (Bayern Múnich), Abel Aguilar (Deportivo Cali), Mateus Uribe (América), Juan Fernando Quintero (River Plate), Juan Guillermo Cuadrado(Juventus), Wílmar Barrios (Boca Juniors)
Forwards: Radamel Falcao (Monaco), Carlos Bacca (Villareal), Luís Muriel (Sevilla), Miguel Borja (Palmeiras), José Izquierdo (Brighton Hove & Albion)