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Egypt hope for a win against Uganda to keep World Cup dream alive

Five days after their shocking 1-0 loss to Uganda in Kampala, Egypt will continue their World Cup qualifiers campaign at Alexandria’s Borg El-Arab stadium on Tuesday with another game against the Cranes.

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Five days after their shocking 1-0 loss to Uganda in Kampala, Egypt will continue their World Cup qualifiers campaign at Alexandria’s Borg El-Arab stadium on Tuesday with another game against the Cranes.

The Pharaohs, who lost their place at the top of the group, have no choice but to win in Alexandria if they want to regain poll position and to revive their hopes of reaching the next year’s World Cup in Russia.

Egypt are second in group E with six points, just one point behind Uganda who have seven points.

Despite the loss in Kampala, Pharaohs coach Hector Cuper voiced his confidence in the team, insisting that they still have a good chance of making it through the qualifiers.

« The qualifiers are not over yet, we still have nine points to fight for, » Cuper said at the post-match news conference on Thursday.

Bearing in mind their must-win situation on Tuesday, Cuper has to play with an offensive plan, dropping his trade-mark cautious approach.

News from the Pharaohs training camp reveals that the former Inter Milan coach will make many modifications to his squad for Tuesday’s match.

Winger Mahmoud « Kahraba » Abdel-Moneam, who led the Pharaohs front-line against Uganda in the first game on Thursday, will leave his post for a normal striker – Ahmed Hassan or Amr Gamal.

Stoke City’s talented winger Ramadan Sobhi, who played the second half in Kampala, could also have a starting role in Alexandria in order to intensify the Pharaohs’ offense, with the presence of Liverpool’s classy winger Mohamed Salah.

« Tuesday’s clash will see some modifications in our squad. We will play with a different strategy that needs these modifications, » Cuper told reporters on Saturday.

Cuper is yet to name the keeper to start against Uganda, since veteran keeper Essam El-Hadary sustained a knee injury in Kampala. He will undergo medical test before the game, and if he fails Zamalek keeper Ahmed El-Shenawy will take his place between the sticks.

« We are ready for the clash and we will fight to achieve our mission, » Cuper added.

Egypt are bidding for their first appearance in the World Cup since 1990.



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Nigeria players to receive € 2 million qualifying bonus for World Cup

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Nigeria’s players will receive a € 2 million bonus from their Federation after qualifying for the 2018 World Cup.

The selection of Nigeria will participate in the World Cup 2018. (The Team)
Qualified for the 2018 World Cup in Russia, Nigerian internationals will receive a qualifying bonus, as reported on Wednesday by the spokesman of the Federation (NFF). « The NFF has agreed with the team to pay him 2.4 million dollars (2 million euros) of the 8 that she expects from Fifa, » revealed Ademola Olajire, the Director of Communications of the Federation.

Last week, the NFF had already announced that an agreement had been reached on match bonuses in Russia, to avoid the hiccups of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil that forced the then Sports Minister to to travel to South America on a private jet, with nearly four million dollars (3.39 million euros) in cash. The terms of the new agreement had not been disclosed.

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Yakubu Aiyegbeni ends his career at 35

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Author of 95 goals in the Premier League, the Nigerian striker permanently hangs the crampons. He had no club since last April.

He was in his way one of the leading players of the 2000s in the Premier League. Passed by Porsmouth, Middlesbrough or Everton, Yakubu Aiyegbeni had a successful career in England. The numbers speak for him: 252 appearances for 95 goals, more than one goal every three games. Now, that era is over and the Nigerian is turning to another career: he announced that he was ending his professional career.

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The course of Yakubu is also summarized with his country and the selection. He has finished three times on the podium of the African Cup of Nations (2002, 2004 and 2010) but also played a final phase of World Cup: it was in 2010 in South Africa. To his credit: he played 57 international games and scored 21 goals. He started in selection at a very young age, at the age of 17.

Moreover, this striker with the imposing physique also traveled a lot: he had started to make a name for Israel and Maccabi Haifa, before joining England. He has also played in Qatar, China and Turkey.

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Chelsea: Victor Moses swears fidelity to the club!

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Having found his marks and managed to secure a place in the first team of Chelsea, Victor Moses believes that it belongs to Stamford Bridge. The Nigerian has promised to be loyal to the London club in an interview with Goal.

After three successive loan seasons, the arrival of Antonio Conte opened the door to Victor Moses. The Nigerian international got his chance from the Italian technician and used it very well. Moses took full advantage of the golden opportunity and was one of the star players of the club in winning the English Premier League title last season. The Blues have rewarded the performance of the 26-year-old by extending his contract.

In an infernal form of his life, nominated in the 5 players vying for the title of the African Player of the Year 2017, Victor Moses plans to go all the way with the defending British champion.

« That [the contract] gave me even more momentum to go far and enjoy my football, » Moses told Goal.

« The news has given me a lot more confidence. That’s where I belong, that’s where I want to play, that’s where I want to help my team and win trophies. Chelsea is one of the biggest football clubs in the world. I am happy here and I enjoy it. I have always believed in myself. As a footballer, it is essential to have this conviction, « he concluded.

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