Ex-Wigan star Amr Zaki to lead Egypt's attack against Ghana

Published on: 18 November 2013
Ex-Wigan star Amr Zaki to lead Egypt's attack against Ghana
Amr Zaki to lead Egypt attack against Ghana

Former Wigan striker Amr Zaki seems to have secured a spot in Egypt's starting eleven as the Pharaohs face Ghana in the return leg of the World Cup qualifying playoff on Tuesday.

The ex-Hull City and Zamalek striker, who currently plays for Al Salmiya, made the trip to Kumasi last month for the playoff's first leg but never left the bench.

Zaki was seen angry over the decision to leave him on the bench in Kumasi in the match they were humiliated 6-1 by the Black Stars.

Since then he has had playing time for the Egyptians and was in action in midweek when they defeated Zambia 2-0 in the friendly.

The striker is making steady progress after recovering from injury and coach Bradley is impressed over his improvement on the pitch.

"Each time he comes to the camp he shows signs of progress. He has made a lot of improvement lately and he will be leading our frontline against Ghana," Egypt coach Bob Bradley said in a press conference Sunday.

"I thought we could have introduced him at later stages of the game but things didn't turn out as expected and we had to make different substitutions," Bradley added.

Zaki, 30, has been a permanent feature in Egypt's team since 2006, and he helped win two African titles in 2006 and 2008.

However, Zaki struggled with declining form and consecutive injuries for almost two years before being recalled again in 2013 by Bradley.

Comments

  • wee ba
    says: 5 years ago
    Who can zaki run pass in the blackstar defence? This run out of steam soo many years ago
  • wee ba
    says: 5 years ago
    *he run out of steam
  • PITO
    says: 5 years ago
    LOOK Zaki and Salah is a deadly combination! Appiah must assign Akaminko specifically to keep Zaki down. Opare must take care of Salah as usual