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The Pharaohs hope to revive winning streak...

Kick-Off: Wednesday, August 11, 11:00 BST.
Cario Stadium, Egypt.


Face Saving Moment

Seven-time African champions Egypt slumped to a 3-1 defeat to England at Wembley Stadium last March after holding on to an impressive winning record before and after the last African Nations Cup.

The Pharaohs will be looking forward to stoke their winning fire against the Leopards on Wednesday to prep them up for their 2012 Nations Cup qualifiers along side South Africa, Sierra Leone and Niger in Group 7.

Veteran coach Hassan Shehata is using the friendly to test several new legs. His 23-man squad featured several uncapped players, including Ismaili's in-form midfielder Amr Al-Sulaya and Harras Hodoud striker Ahmed Mekki.

Ismaili frontman Ahmed Ali and Police Union defender Mohamed Naguib were also named in the squad. Experienced goalkeeper Essam Al-Hadari and Mohamed Nagi 'Geddo', who were under the spotlight recently, retained their place in the squad.

Shehata’s squad consists of only one foreign-based player - Sunderland's newly-signed wing-back Ahmed Al-Muhammadi. Conspicuously absent in the list due to injuries are Hosni Abd-Rabou and Mohamed Zidan.

A win for the North Africans would be a major boost to kick-off their winning binge.

The Ultimate Test

For Democratic Republic of Congo’s new manager Robert Nouzaret, the game is an ultimate encounter to come out with a solid squad that will face Senegal in their opening Africa Cup of Nations qualifying match on September 5.

As African minnows at the Cairo Stadium, they are not so much concerned about results, but building a formidable team ahead of the 2012 Nations Cup qualifiers.

"We have assembled a strong team to face Egypt. We have a lot of respect for them," Nouzaret told FIFA.com. "However, we want to prepare for the qualifiers, that is our priority."

Team News

Egypt

Emad Meteb has been left out of the squad against DR Congo following his problem with Belgian side Standard Liege. Shehata had always favoured the 27-year-old for a starting place even when he struggles for consistency. However, his dispute with his Belgian side cost him greatly.
 
Goalkeepers: Essam Al-Hadari, Abdul-Wahed Al-Sayed (Zamalek), Mohamed Sobhi (Ismaili)

Defenders: Wael Gomaa, Sherif Abdul-Fadil, Sayed Moawad (Ahli), Mahmoud Fathallah, Mohamed Abdul-Shafi (Zamalek), Moatasem Salem (Ismaili), Mohamed Naguib (Police Union), Ahmed Al-Muhammadi (Sunderland)

Midfielders: Ahmed Hassan, Hossam Ghaly, Ahmed Fathi, Mohamed Abou-Treika (Ahli), Amr Al-Sulaya, Ahmed Khairi (Ismaili), Shikabala (Zamalek), Ahmed Eid (Harras Hodoud)

Strikers: Amr Zaki (Zamalek), Geddo (Ahli), Ahmed Ali (Ismaili), Ahmed Mekki (Harras Hodoud)

DR Congo

As a result of the ongoing Orange CAF Champions league group games, players of TP Mazembe were not included in the squad as they will be seriously preparing for a crucial clash this weekend against Tunisian side Esperance de Tunis. This means they will miss the services of budding striker Tresor Mputu.

Goalkeepers: Nicaise Kudimbana Mulopo (Anderlecht/Belgium), Matampi Vumi Ley (DCMP)

Defenders: Ebunga Simbi (AS V.Club), Herita Ilunga N’Kongolo (West Ham/England)
Cedric Mongongu (AS Monaco/France), Gladys Bokese (DCMP), Gabriel Zakuani (Peterborough United/ England), Sami Joel (AS Nancy/France), Assani Mulongoti Lukimya (Fortuna Duesseldorf/Germany), Christopher MFuyi Nzay ( Valenciennes FC/France)

Midfielders: Christian Fwanda Kinkela (Ajaccio/France), Youssouf Mulumbu (West Bromwich Albion/England), Matumona Zola (Mons/Belgium), Distel Zola (AS Monaco/France), Cedric Makiadi (Freiburg/Germany), Nzuzi Toko (Grasshopper/ Switzerland)

Strikers: Yves Diba Ilunga (Najran/ Saudi Arabia), Tresor Lualua Lomana (Omonia Nicosie/Cyprus), Lelo Mbele (Al Hilal/Sudan), Dieumerci Mbokani Bezua (Standard/Belgium), Eric Bokanga Musau (Standard/Belgium), Tresor Mbangi Ndaya (AS V.Club), Bokungu N’Djoli (AS Aviacao/Angola)

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Mohamed Geddo (Egypt)

Ahli forward Mohamed Gedo needs to be kept in check by the Congolese. He is very slippery at the goal mouth and causes a lot of trouble for his opponents. He bagged six goals at the 2010 African Cup of Nations and scooped up the Golden Boot. At the Nations Cup he did not start a single game but averaged a goal every 35 minutes, including the winner in the final against Ghana.

Tresor Lualua Lomana (DR Congo)

He is famous for his exciting attacking style of play. He is a true fans’ favourite as he has graced the team sheet of some of the world’s most illustrious clubs including Olympiacos and Newcastle United. His record for his country is impeccable as he has scored a whopping 18 goals in 33 games.

PREDICTION

The Pharaohs are obviously the favourites in this friendly. However, with several uncapped players going to be featured it would be difficult to predict an easy victory for them. Moreover, the Leopards will be looking forward to prove their worth against the Egyptians that edged them out of the 2006 Nations Cup with a 4-1 thumping.

Egypt 2-1 DR Congo

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