Sports News of Sun, 12 Nov 201711
World Cup Qualifiers: Pharaohs will use Salah's absence as an excuse - Kwasi Appiah
Egypt may not be worried over the absence of their star player Mohammed Salah for the 2018 World Cup Qualifier with the Black Stars of Ghana but coach Kwasi Appiah is unhappy the Liverpool star will not be playing.
Appiah who plans a massive demolishing exercise against the Pharaohs insists the absence of the former Chelsea and AS Roma winger could be a blessing for the Pharaohs on Sunday against the Black Stars of Ghana.
Egypt excluded Salah and some other players from the squad to face Ghana since they have already secured their ticket to Russia next year since the results against Ghana is inconsequential to their qualification.
And the Ghana manager who insists it is easier playing against popular players says Sala's could be a good omen for Egypt as the new players will play their hearts out to impress making the task more difficult than expected.
"Usually, it's easier playing against players you know than those you don't know. I know how Salah plays and that would have been easier for me. But coming with a new squad will make it a bit more difficult task for us," he told GHANAsoccernet.com
"Egypt have always been a good side when they play Ghana. I have watched a couple of their matches and I know their team. I am however unsure whether they will still play the way they have been playing. So my concentration will be on my team and not theirs," he noted.
The Egyptians could also use the absence of Mohammed Salah as an excuse should they fall massively to the Black Stars on Sunday afternoon.