‘A different ball game,’ says star Mphela

2011-06-02 00:00

JOHANNESBURG — Egypt star Mohamed Zidan is in high spirits ahead of the all-important African Cup of Nations qualifier against Bafana Bafana on Sunday.

The Pharaohs have to beat South Africa this weekend if they are to have any chance of reaching the 2012 edition of the African showpiece, which will be jointly hosted by Gabon and Equatorial Guinea.

Zidan is determined to bag the three points at the Cairo Military Academy Stadium and lift the team to the level which is expected of them.

“I feel I’m living my best football days and I want to make use of that,” the Borussia Dortmund forward said.

“We need to get out of that dark tunnel we’re in at the moment in order to repeat the achievement of being champions of Africa,” he added.

Meanwhile, Mohamed Aboutrika, who has already been ruled out of the Bafana Bafana clash, is expected to be sidelined for a further two weeks due to a calf problem.

Bafana Bafana striker Katlego Mphela believes the clash will prove to be a lot more difficult than their recent encounter in Johannesburg.

South Africa beat the Pharaohs 1-0 at Ellis Park in March thanks to a late strike from Mphela.

However, Mphela is bracing himself for a much more difficult task as Egypt will be going all out for the victory on home soil.

“This will be a different ball game altogether,” Mphela said.

“When they were in South Africa, they were playing for a draw but now they will need all three points so they will come at us relentlessly,” he added.

“The advantage there is that they might open up and we could be punishing them, but we should not be stupid and look for a win when we can see we can’t get it, said the Mamelodi Sundowns star.




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