Fans can watch the Egypt vs. Chad football match live online and see whether the Pharaohs can take advantage of an opening to move up in a competitive group.
The match starts at 4:30 p.m. local time from Cairo, with three points on the line.
After defeating Tanzania 3-0 in their first qualifying Group G match back in June, the Egyptian team will look to stay atop its group table by beating Chad. A win could be critical as Nigeria is also in the group.
Nigeria played Tanzania to a scoreless draw on Saturday, giving Egypt a chance to open up a two-point lead in the group.
Egypt will also be looking for a return to the top. Despite winning the Africa Cup of Nations seven times overall, Egypt has failed to reach the continent’s soccer showpiece three straight times, Ahram Online noted.
Fans who watch the Egypt vs. Chad football match live online will see a Pharaohs squad on the rise. In FIFA global football rankings announced earlier this month, the team climbed three spots to No. 49 overall. Though the climb is a step in the right direction, it is still far off from the team’s string of success between 2006 and 2010, when they won three straight Africa Cup of Nations titles and reached the world’s top 10.
The match is not without controversy. The top Ahly midfield pair of Hossam Ghaly and Abdallah El-Saied were left off the roster, a decision that Ahly coach Fathi Mabrouk criticized.
“Leaving out Ghaly and El-Saied is totally unfair,” Mabrouk said. “The pair has been in quite good form of late and was playing regularly for Ahly. Given their experience on both the domestic and continental fronts, Ghaly and El-Saied should have been the first names to make the Egypt list.
“The squad selection wasn’t 100 percent right, as there were other players who have been called up despite being out of action through injury.”
But Egyptian coach Hector Cuper defended his decision.
“Whatever I do, my squad selection will never please everyone,” the Argentine boss said last month, via Ahram Online.
“I chose only those whom I believe are the best… those who are capable of implementing my philosophy. In any case, the upcoming match will reveal whether I was right or wrong in my squad selection, only then can everyone judge me.
“Whenever I walk on the streets, fans come up to me to demand the inclusion of a certain player. I’ve been Egypt’s manager for five months now and I know who should be named and who should be not.”
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