2026 World Cup Qualifiers Preview: Egypt visit Sierra Leone

YAOUNDE, CAMEROON - JANUARY 19: Egypt players pose for a team photograph prior to the Group D Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) 2021 football match between Egypt and Sudan at Stade Ahmadou Ahidjo in Yaounde on January 19, 2022. (Photo by Visionhaus/Getty Images)

In the upcoming CAF World Cup qualifier, Egypt looks to build on their impressive start as they take on Sierra Leone at the Samuel Kanyon Doe Sports Complex on Sunday.

Sierra Leone kicked off their qualification journey with a 0-0 draw against Ethiopia but has remained undefeated in their last three matches. However, facing the mighty Egypt, who crushed Djibouti 6-0, presents a formidable challenge for the Leone Stars.

Sierra Leone has shown resilience, securing a point against Ethiopia and maintaining an unbeaten streak in their recent outings. Despite this, their history against Egypt, where they avoided defeat in the 2010-11 meetings, provides a glimmer of confidence.

Egypt, led by Mohamed Salah’s outstanding performance in a 6-0 win against Djibouti, is on a three-match winning streak, including a notable 1-1 draw against Algeria.

In terms of team news, Sierra Leone’s Alhassan Koroma and Sullay Kaika may feature in midfield, with Jonathan Morsay playing as the advanced midfielder, and Mohamed Buya Turay leading the attack.

Egypt’s Rui Vitoria might make changes, with Ali Gabr returning to the starting 11. Hamdi Fathi and Trezeguet could start in place of Marwan Attia and Zizo, respectively.

Possible Starting Lineups:
– Sierra Leone: Sesay; Kakay, A. Kabia, M. Kabia, Samadia; Fornah, Dumbuya; Morsay, Koroma, Kaika; Turay
– Egypt: El-Shenawy; Gabr, Hegazi, Hany, Maaloul; Fathi, Elneny, Marmoush; Salah, Trezeguet, Mohamed

Anticipating a one-sided affair, Egypt is poised to secure a 3-0 victory over Sierra Leone, maintaining their formidable form in the qualifiers.

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