Egypt lack ‘sharp’ strikers, says Bradley

The Pharaohs’ man on the touchline concedes his men upfront are not deadly as expected and a great deal of effort will be required from them if they are to overturn a 6-1 deficit

Egypt coach Bob Bradley has admitted the Pharaohs lack clinical finishers at the moment ahead of the World Cup play-off return leg against Ghana.

Bradley, who has unveiled his 25-man squad for the November 19 battle in Cairo, said bringing Mahmoud Abdel-Razek “Shikabala” in the first leg did not work well for his side and has to change his approach.

The Zamalek striker, according to the American, was introduced in the game to frustrate the four-time African champions, but that plan backfired.

“I included Shikabala in the Egypt lineup for the Ghana encounter to put stress on the opponent's defence,” Bradley said over the weekend. “Egypt's squad suffers a lack of sharp strikers, as Gedo, Amr Zaki and Zidan are away from playing for a long time.”

The Black Stars beat the Pharaohs 6-1 during the first leg on October 15 in Kumasi and the seven-time African champions’ hopes of making it to the World Cup since 1990 can only materialize if they record a 5-0 results in Cairo.