Veteran Egyptian goalkeeper, Essam El-Hadary has been ruled out of today’s Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Nigeria. The 42-year-old was called out of retirement by coach Hector Cuper for the crucial games, but suffered a gastrocnemius muscle injury in their first training session in Kaduna on Thursday evening, March 24. Cuper is now left with the option of either Zamalek’s Ahmed El-Shennaway or Petrojet’s Mohammed El-Shennawy in goal.
Egypt currently lead Group G with six points, while Nigeria are in second place with four points and Cuper is eyeing maximum points when they take on the Eagles at the Ahmadu Bello Stadium in Kaduna “We can beat the Nigerian national team,” the former Inter Milan manager said during his interaction with the media before today’s game. “So, I promise we will give everything in this match, but I cannot promise a win outright.”