Egypt midfielder Ibrahim Salah believes their qualification to the 2018 World Cup in Russia will depend on their game against Ghana.

The seven time African champions play Ghana at the Borg El-Arab Stadium in Alexandria in a crucial 2018 World Cup qualifier.

A victory for Egypt will see them extend a five point lead over the Black Stars over their opening victory over Congo and the midfielder is aiming for exactly that.

“The game is really important for the Egyptian football and I hope for a win to make the World Cup qualifiers easier for us,” Salah told ON Sport.

“I don’t care if I will play against Ghana or not, all I care about is to qualify to the World Cup."

Ibrahim Salah plays for Egyptian side Zamalek and was part of the team that reached the final of the CAF Champions League.


The Black Stars are camping in Dubai ahead of the crucial game. We ask why that venue was chosen and look into the key security and technical issues as kickoff comes closer. Francis Abban and Gary Al-Smith had this session on the Joy News channel.