Soccer News of Friday, 11 October 2013
Egypt striker Amr Zaki revealed that the game against Ghana in the 2014 World Cup qualifiers presents the most important challenge in his career.
Under the helm of American coach Bob Bradley, the Egyptian team -- the only side to collect maximum points in the group stage of the African World Cup qualifiers -- will meet Ghana in the first leg of the qualifying playoffs on 15 October in Kumasi.
"We will do our best to achieve victory in Kumasi before the second leg in Cairo,'' Zaki was quoted as saying on his official website.
"Ghana are strong and full of high-profile players, but we believe in our abilities and we are not easy-to-swallow. We will fight during the 90 minutes and will keep our eyes on nothing short of victory; they must fear us and we have to show our character on the field,'' the 30-year-old forward said.
Zaki claimed he would repeat history in Baba Yara Stadium where he had scored four goals during the 2008 African Champions League.
"I have good memories in that stadium as we played five games during the 2008 ACN competition and I managed to score in three of them, against Zambia, Angola and brace against Ivory Coast in the semi-final,'' he added.
The former Zamalek and Wigan striker Amr Zaki, who was released by Turkish side Elazigspor last January after failing to make an impact during his six-month spell in the Turkish league, is now playing for Kuwaiti club Al-Salmiya FC.
He was included in Bradley's final 26-man squad for the upcoming clash against the Black Stars.
"The Egyptian people need to find something that can please them and we hope to be the reason for that when we get the ticket to Brazil next summer,'' The Pharaohs striker concluded.
The Pharaohs will fly to Ghana on Saturday three days ahead of the crucial game.