Egypt return to the FIFA World Cup for the first time in 28 years and the whole hope of a nation depends on the shoulders of Liverpool striker Mohamed Salah.
The Pharaohs will be making their 3rd appearance at the World Cup and the first since 1990. They had a forgettable outing each time they were here and they are yet to register a win at the competition. Their first was in 1934 and were eliminated with a 4-2 loss to Hungary. In Italia 1990, they finished bottom of the group after managing 2 draws and a loss in a tough group that includes England, Ireland and the Netherlands.
However, things could be different for the Pharaohs this term as Group A of World Cup is not the toughest as in comparison with others. Yet, the main threats come from host nation Russia and South American giants Uruguay.
Besides, Hector Cuper’s tactical know how in these situations a huge boost to the team is tipped as huge underdogs.
Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah is arguably one of the world’s best player now. The pacey forward was crowned English Premier League’s highest goal scorer in the just concluded 2017/2018 season. And it was a brace from Salah against Congo that ensured Egypt’s world cup ticket with a game to spare.
Despite a below par performance with Arsenal, Mohammed Elneny is crucial to Hector Cuper’s plans going to the world cup.
In addition, the pharaohs could be parading the oldest world cup player, as 45 years old Essam El-Hadary will be in breaking Faryd Mondragon of Colombia 4 years ago.
The History of Egypt at the World Cup
Egypt participated in the second edition of the World cup that took place in Italy (1934) and knocked out by Hungary in their first match.
They waited 56 years to make their second appearance in 1990, and another 28 years to participate in their third world cup in Russia.
Moreover, Egypt are yet to record a win in the world cup, drew 2 and lost 2 so far.