Of course, it is a fact that Egypt is returning to the World Cup after 28 long years. Though the hibernation of the squad was pretty long, you should remember that they are the champions of Africa for seven times. The dominating performance of 2012-15 has seen in a diminishing trend though it regained the lost ground both at the African Cup and with qualifiers of FIFA World Cup. You can see much action on the fields of Russia during June-July 2018 fixtures.
Performance at Qualifiers
The dominance of their performance at the African games could not translate into excellence at the qualifiers of the World Cup until the year 2018. No doubt, the squad missed many chances including the play-off recently. You need to wait and watch whether the ignominious performance of the country under the coaches like Ruud Krol, Marco Tardelli, and Bob Bradley would eclipse under the guidance of Hector Cuper.
There is no doubt that their first encounter scheduled on June 15. is probably with the toughest team of the group. They would play against the hosts on June 19 followed by the Saudi Arabian squad on the last encounter on June 25.
Goalkeeper: There is no exaggeration that the team spirit at its high would make wonders. You will see Ahmed El Shenawy or Mohamed Awad or possibly Mohamed El Shenawy or Essam El Hadary would guard the poles ensuring that no goal can be achieved without an appropriate strategy and that too from a star player from the opponent squad.
Defenders: When you want to see the action from the Defenders, you have the choice of Ahmed Hegazy, Ali Gabr, Saad Samir. The backup defenders also include Ayman Ashraf, Mohammed Abdel Shafi or Ahmed Elmohanmady or probably Ahmed Fathi or Omar Gaber.
Midfielders: You should not forget the star player Mohamed Salah or Momen Zakaria or Shikabala, who may add sheen and enthusiasm to the game. The coach Hector Cuper has a choice to pick up the Midfielders among Mohammed Elneny, Hossam Ashour, Tarek Hamed, Sam Morsy, Hussein El Shahat. In addition, the choice also may extend to Abdallah Said, Mohammed Magdy, Ramadan Sobh, Kahraba, Trezeguet or Amr Warda.
Forward Players: In the Forward player’s category, you have a choice to see action from Ahmed Hassan and Marwan Mohsen.
If you are keeping your spirits in the right place and hold the squad together, anything is possible. You will notice that the team has been playing defensive more recently. The critics who were not amused with the conservative strategy adopted by Cuper were somewhat silenced with the positive results of the team.