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Egypt Team Profile -2010 African Cup of Nations

December 30, 2009

Egypt football team celebrates after winning the against Ivory Coast on February 7, 2008 AFP PHOTO/GIANLUIGI GUERCIA (GIANLUIGI GUERCIA/AFP/Getty Images)

Brief

FIFA Ranking: 24 (4 in Africa)
Nickname: The Pharaohs
Kit Colors: Jerseys – Red, Shorts – White, Stockings – Black
Manager: Shehata Hassan (Egypt)
Captain: Ahmed Hassan
World Cup Records (2 Appearances):
1934 and 1990 Group Stage
Nation Cup Records (21 Appearances):
Group Stage- 1988, 1990, 1992 & 2001
Quarter Finals (4)-1994, 1996, 2000 & 2002
Fourth Place (3) – 1976, 1980 & 1984
Third Place (3) -1963, 1970 & 1974
Runners up (1) – 1962
Champions (6) – 1957, 1959, 1986, 1998, 2006 & 2008

NB: Egypt has hosted the competition 4 times-1995, 1974, 1986 & 2006

The Pharaohs of Egypt are by far the most decorated team in Africa. Their dominance on the continent has seen them win the prestigious competition 6 times and made it to the semi final stage on 9 occasions. They won the first two editions of the competition and have won the last two editions as well. The reigning champions currently are 24th on the FIFA rankings and rank 4th in Africa (December 2009).

At Angola, Egypt will be seeking their third consecutive title making them the first team to achieve such a feat. This may be a consolation for missing out narrowly on booking a ticket to next year’s World cup in South Africa.

In previous competitions, the Pharaohs have been known for their unparalleled team spirit and their ability to win the competition even with a predominantly home-brewed squad.

Despite their successes on the continent, the heroes of Africa have made only two appearances in the World cup, exiting at the first round on both occasions.

The road to CAN 2010

Egypt started their qualifying campaign on the wrong foot, as they let Zambia snatch a point in a 1-1 drawn game in Cairo. In the next game, they were humble by Algeria, in Blida, in an encounter that saw the Pharaohs lose 3-1. Back from the Confederation Cup, where they were eliminated in the first round, they found fine form and notched up 4 wins. They beat Rwanda both Home and Away, 3-0 and 1-0 respectively. Zambia was the next to be put to the sword as Egypt beat the home team by a lone goal. In their final match against Algeria, Egypt responded with a 2-0 score in a thrilling encounter in Cairo (I would save the rest of the story for Algeria’s profile). Both Egypt and Algeria topped the group (Both qualify for the African Cup of Nations) with the same point and head to head record. A play-off in Omdurman will later let see the Pharaohs painfully miss the boat to the World Cup as the stumbled 1-0 to Algeria.

Mohamed Zidan

Egypt's Mohamed Zidan throws his shoe in the air as his teammate Emad Mohamed Abdelnabi Ibrahim looks on after Zidan scored his first of two goals in Egypt's African Cup of Nations soccer match in Kumasi, Ghana, Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2008. Egypt defeated Cameroon 4-1. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

Squad (Preliminary)

Goalkeepers
Essam Al-Hadary (Ismaili, Egypt), Ahmed Adel (Al Ahly, Egypt), Abdel-Wahed Al-Sayed (Zamalek, Egypt), Mahmoud Aboul-Saoud (Mansoura, Egypt)

Defenders
Wael Gomaa(Al Ahly, Egypt), Sayed Moawad(Al Ahly, Egypt), Ahmed Fathi(Al Ahly, Egypt), Sherif Abdel-Fadil (Al Ahly, Egypt), Mahmoud Fathallah(Zamalek, Egypt), Hani Said(Zamalek, Egypt), Mohamed Abdul-Shafi(Zamalek, Egypt), Hazem Emam (Zamalek, Egypt), Moatassem Salem(Ismaily, Egypt), Ahmed Samir Farag (Ismaily, Egypt), Ahmed El-Mohammadi (ENPPI, Egypt), Abdul-Zaher Al-Saqqa (Eskisehirspor, Turkey)

Midfielders:
Ahmed Hassan(Al Ahly, Egypt), Mohamed Abu-Treika(Al Ahly, Egypt), Mostafa Shebeita (Ahli), Shikabala (Zamalek, Egypt), Abdul-Aziz Tawfik (ENPPI, Egypt), Walid Soliman, Mohamed Shaaban (Petrojet), Ahmed Eid (Harras Hodoud), Hosni Abd-Rabou (Ahli Dubai, UAE), Hossam Ghaly (Nassr, Saudi Arabia)

Strikers:
Emad Meteb (Al Ahly, Egypt), Mido (Zamalek,Egypt), Ahmed Raouf (ENPPI, Egypt), Al-Sayed Hamdi (Petrojet, Egypt), Geddo (Al-Ittihad,Saudi Arabia), Mohamed Zidan (Dortmund, Germany).

The Pharaohs of Egypt

Egypt's players celebrate their victory in the semifinal match Ivory Coast versus Egypt at Baba Yara Sports Stadium in Kumasi on February 07, 2008 during the Africa Cup of Nations CAN 2008 football championship. Egypt won 4-1. AFP PHOTO/JOE KLAMAR (Photo credit JOE KLAMAR/AFP/Getty Images)

Coach

Nicknamed by fans as El Me’alem (The Master) or El-Embrator (The Emperor), Hassan Shehata has had a very successful career as player and as coach.
The 60-year old manager played for Zamelek in Egypt, Kazma and Al Arabi both in Kuwait. He played for Egypt during the 70’s scoring 10 goals for his country in the African Cup of Nations. He was also crowned top scorer in the Egyptian league twice.

Egypt's coach Hassan Shehata reacts during their Confederations Cup Group B soccer match against Brazil, at Free State Stadium in Bloemfontein, South Africa, Monday, June 15, 2009. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

Hassan Shehata was appointed to take charge of the team in October 2004, when the Egyptian Football Association sacked Marco Tardelli after he lost,2-1, to Libya in Egypt’s last World Cup qualifying match. The Italian was also criticized for his inability to handle team stars, Mido and Hossam Hasan. Shehata appointment gave Egypt an overnight success. He guided the team to win the African trophy in Egypt, 2006 and Ghana, 2008.

Shehata will be going into this competition with the history of win every African Cup Nations since he was appointed. Riding on the experience of winning the competition twice and fueled by his inability to lead his country to their third World Cup, the manager will be seeking to go for a third Nations Cup Glory.

CAN 2010

Fixture 1: Egypt Vrs Nigeria
This would no doubt be the biggest game in the group. Should the game live up to its pre tournament hype, you’re likely to see a tactical Egyptian side come up against a skillful Nigerian side. History has not smiled on Egypt. The two have met 13 times, with Nigeria winning 5 times and Egypt winning only 2. Egypt however will go into this game as slight favorites considering the recent form of the two teams. The Pharaohs must go for the win in order to put the smile back on the faces of the fans.

Fixture 2: Egypt Vrs Mozambique
Egypt is the undoubtedly the favorite for this clash. They would however want to guard against complacency in order to pick up the maximum points. The Mambas of Mozambique who are 72nd on the FIFA rankings will be making their fourth only appearance at the competition.

Fixture 3: Egypt Vrs Benin
In their final game, the Pharaohs come up against the Squirrels of Benin. Benin are likely to offer a much stiffer competition to Egypt than Mozambique. The Squirrels have pulled off some surprises recently and the African Cup of Nations need not be any different. They beat Ghana 1-0 and Sudan 2-1 in their last qualifiers. Egypt must watch out for the Benin-threat.

Egypt's (Photo Credit: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/15028982@N04/2243433507/in/photostream/">JOE KLAMAR/AFP/Getty Images</a>)

Egypt's Hosny Abd Rabou

Did You Know?

Egypt was the first African team to make a World Cup Appearance (Italy 1934).

Prediction

Egypt has what it takes to go very far at Angola. I see them scaling past the group along with Nigeria. Should coach Shehata be able to work his magic again, I think Egypt could find their way into the semi final stage. I’m a bit skeptical that they can retain the trophy they won last year.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. January 26, 2010 7:40 am

    i am eager to know everything about our national team.

    • Mawuli Sikanku permalink*
      January 26, 2010 8:14 am

      I hope you enjoyed your team’s profile. We are committed to bringing you more information about all the national teams on the continent. Please enjoy our coverage of the African Cup of Nations. I hope your team gets to the final.

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