The battle to get a ticket to the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations. is about to get stiffer in the coming days and one of the interesting duels will be between the Pharaohs of Egypt and the Super Eagles of Nigeria who are both haggling for the sole ticket in Group G.
Only recently, the Egypt National team Coach, Hector Cuper released a 23-man list for the upcoming games against the Super Eagles in the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers.
Broadly speaking, the roster is a strong assemblage of the best of Egyptian players but 366football.com will narrow its lens on five key players from the Egyptian squad whose present form should cause headaches for Nigeria as the crucial clashes in Kaduna and Alexandria draw nearer.
Mohamed Elneny (Arsenal)
First name: Mohamed
Last name: El Nenny
Date of birth: 11 July 1992
Height: 180 cm
Mohamed Elneny is seen by many as the engine room of the Pharaohs’ midfield and the new Arsenal recruit will be pivotal to the chances of Egypt causing an upset or at least snatching a point against Nigeria when both teams clash at the Ahmadu Bello stadium next Friday.
Having served a glimpse of what he is capable of doing with a spectacular strike at Camp Nou against Barcelona, it will be suicidal to care less about the former Basel man.
Egypt Coach Hector Cuper sums up Elneny as an intelligent reader of the game – one who knows when to hold play and when to intercept.
Elneny’s strong points will be his passing ability, work-rate and great team play.