Egyptian Arsenal Star Elneny Plays Down Super Eagles Hype, Rates Ghana Higher


Arsenal Egyptian midfield anchor Mohammed Elneny says they beating Ghana was more difficult than when they defeated the Super Eagles of Nigeria this year.

Egypt defeated Ghana 2-0 on matchday two of the CAF World Cup 2018 qualifiers and even though they could only beat Nigeria 1-0 when both teams met this year during the AFCON 2017 qualifiers, Elneny insist that Ghana were much harder to beat than Nigeria.

“We played in a realistic way against Ghana,” Elneny told DMC Channel, as reported by Kingfut. The result was important for us, more important than the performance.

“Hector Cuper makes us play in a defensive way that makes it difficult for any team to score against us.

“In training, eight attackers go against three defenders, and they fail to score, so you can imagine what happens when we are six defenders in the match.

“In general, I think Ghana was stronger than Nigeria’s team which we faced in the Afcon qualifications.’

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“Cuper guided Egypt to qualify to the Afcon and also, we are in a good position in the World Cup qualifications.

“The results are very good in my opinion.”