EGY vs ZIM Dream11 Match Preview, Team News, Lineups
Record winners Egypt kick start their Africa Cup of Nations journey with a first-round game against Zimbabwe at Cairo International Stadium.
How they qualified:
Egypt: After a disastrous World Cup campaign, the easy qualification group was the perfect way to put things in order for Mohamed Salah and Co.
The 7-time African Champions won four out of their six matches on their way to the African Cup of Nations, scoring 16 times in six games.
Zimbabwe: Placed in a relatively easy group, Zimbabwe won three times in six games to finish top Group G. And deservedly so, after scoring the most and conceding the least amongst their rivals in the group.
The Africa Cup of Nations 2019 match will be played between Egypt and Zimbabwe at Cairo International Stadium, in Cairo, France. The ground has a capacity of 74,100.
The game will start at 01:30 AM (IST), on Saturday, June 22.
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Recent form (Last six matches)
Egypt – W W D L W W Zimbabwe – W W L W W D
Egypt Team News:
No missing player from Egypt from the squad head coach Javier Aguirre summoned for the tournament.
Here is Egypt’s squad for the Africa Cup of Nations:
Goalkeepers: Mahmoud ‘Genesh’ Abdelrahim, Mohamed el Shenawy, Ahmed al Shennawy
Defenders: Mahmoud Alaa, Mahmoud Hamdy, Omar Gaber, Ahmed Ayman Mansour, Ayman Ashraf, Ahmed Elmohamady, Baher El Mohamady, Ahmed Hegazi
Midfielders: Nabil Emad Donga, Mohamed Elneny, Ali Ahmed Ghazal, Tarek Hamed, Mahmoud ‘Trezeguet’ Hassan, Abdullah al-Saeed, Waleed Soliman, Amr Warda
Forwards: Ahmed Ali Kamel, Ahmed Hassan Kouka, Marwan Mohsen, Mohamed Salah
Possible INs and OUTs of this game:
Marwan Mohsen is expected to start as a lone striker for Egypt, with Mohamed Salah and Trezeguet giving support from the right and left wing respectively, while Amr Warda will be playing behind Mohsen as a No-10 or as a second striker.
Zimbabwe are fretting over the fitness ofKhama Billiat. The 28-year-old, who plays his club football with Kaizer Chiefs in Premier Soccer League in South Africa, missed the training this week with a knee injury and has been listed as a doubt ahead of the match.
But according to reports, Zimbabwe team doctor Somani Mudariki has given him a green light to feature against Egypt.
In addition, midfielderTafadzwa Kutinyuand Baroka FC goalkeeper Elvin Chipezeze are some of the players who have also been struggling with injuries.
Here is the full squad:
Goalkeepers: George Chigova, Elvis Chipezeze, Edmore Sibanda
Defenders: Tendayi Darikwa, Jimmy Dzingai, Teenage Hadebe, Divine Lunga, Alec Mudimu, Ronald Pfumbidzai
If fit, Khama Billiat should partner Knowledge Musona on the wings. The duo is crucial for the team, with their pace they will pose a great threat to Egypt. The duo also scored a combined eight goals in qualifying.
In addition, forward Nyasha Mushekwi is back from China and should lead the attack for the team.