After three years of blood, sweat, and tears, 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying in Africa is coming down to the final hurdle. Who’s in? Who’s still alive? What exactly do they have to do to get to Russia? We break it all down.
From withdrawals due to war, to erroneous off-side calls, to empty-net misses, to ‘Groups of Death’, to shots off the woodwork and untimely rule changes, we look back on the miserable misfortune of past World Cup qualifying campaigns and at how it finally went Egypt’s way.
With the news that Ali Gabr is injured and ruled out of Egypt’s 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Uganda, the Pharaohs must now turn to their bench for a replacement.
Last week African football governing body CAF announced two major alterations to its showpiece event, the Africa Cup of Nations. The changes were met with widespread consternation among African football purists, but with applause from some others
The phrase “defense wins championships” is a popular one in North America. It’s meant to apply to team sports in general, and no where does it ring truer than in the world of football.
“Fishy,” a term often used to evoke suspicion, isn’t strong enough to describe the tenor surrounding FIFA’s oddly-timed decision to issue an extraordinary “special” ranking to decide top seeds for forthcoming 2018 World Cup qualifiers in Africa.
It’s been a little over a year since Héctor Cúper took over as manager of Egypt’s national team. In that span, his charges have played 12 matches, six of which were for official competitions; ample time to get an idea of how the 60-year-old Argentine is attempting to mold the Pharaohs in his image.