- Former Egyptian footballer says Egypt has better chance than Ghana of qualifying to 2018 World Cup
- He says if Egypt gets favorable outcomes against Ghana and Uganda they'll qualify
- The last time Egypt qualified for the World Cup was in 1990.
Mr. Magdy Abedulghany, a former Egyptian national footballer, has stated that the Black stars probably won't make it to next year's World Cup which will be held in Russia.
Speaking to Ghanaweb.com at the unveiling of the PFAG's new offices, Mr. Abedelghany expressed confidence that his country [Egypt] would make it to the 2018 World Cup ahead of the Black Stars. Mr. Magdey Abedelghanny told Ghanaweb.com that, although he couldn't "stick his neck out" on the issue, he felt that if Egypt can get good results from their matches with Ghana and Uganda respectively, then his country would surely qualify.
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"...when you look at the points gathered so far Egypt stands a better of qualifying than Ghana," he told Ghanaweb.com, but added that, "If we can get favorable results against Madagascar and Ghana then we will surely qualify. Let’s see what will happen,” he concluded.
Egypt currently occupies the first position of Group E, which also includes Ghana, Uganda, and the Republic of Congo. Though Mr. Abedelghany expressed a somewhat optimistic view of his country's World Cup prospects, it will be called that till date the 7 times African Cup of Nations champions have only qualified to the World on two occasions.
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The first time Egypt qualified for the World Cup Finals was in 1934, at which point the made history by becoming the first African country to qualify for the world Cup in the summer of that year. The second time Egypt qualified was in the year 1990, 54 years after their first qualification, and twenty seven years since that time.
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