Egypt Pardon Mohamed Zidan Ahead Crunch World Cup Clash Versus Algeria
The Germany-based striker is likely to return to Egypt action after he was pardoned for staying away from a recent game.
Egypt are likely to recall Borussia Dortmund striker Mohamed Zidan for next month’s win-or-bust World Cup clash against Algeria after he was pardoned for staying away from a recent friendly without an explanation.
Zidan failed to turn up for a friendly against Guinea in August and he did not bother to explain his absence. However, he has since apologised after he was left out of the squad for World Cup qualifying games against Rwanda and Zambia.
“The player’s apology is enough for us,” Shehata toldDream TV.
“We will consider including him in our plans for next month’s qualifier against Algeria.”
Egypt will need the firepower of the former Hamburg front man for next month’s must-win match against Group Three leaders Algeria after they struggled to create goal-scoring opportunities against Zambia with only Amr Zaki upfront.
Shehata disclosed he will meet the Egypt Football Association (EFA) officials to discuss the possibility of rescheduling some Egyptian Premier League games ahead of the crucial encounter.
“I’m just focusing now on how to prepare Egypt for this game. A league break is on the agenda,” he said.
The six-time African champions are tied on 10 points with Algeria, who could regain their three-point lead with a home win over Rwanda later Sunday.
If Algeria beat Rwanda as expected, Egypt would then need to win very well in Cairo to qualify for the World Cup ahead of their regional rivals, who enjoy a better goals difference.