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Gomaa wants Black Stars



Captain of Egypt national team, Wael Gomaa, has said he would prefer drawing African champions Nigeria or Ghana in the World Cup qualifying play-offs than Cape Verde.

The battle-scarred defender, 38, says his country do better against tougher opposition.

"I would prefer to face Ghana or Nigeria instead of Cape Verde," Gomaa told a radio station in Egypt, according to Filgoal.com.

Cape Verde are not minnows, however, having played a gutsy series of games in the last African Cup and shocking the football world with an away win against Tunisia this weekend.

The top five ranked teams will be seeded for the play-off draw and the islanders, with a population of less than 500,000 will be among the top five ranked teams on the continent when FIFA releases its new rankings on Thursday.

Gomaa has been named Caf Defender of the Year on four separate occasions and he is in a great position to speak on authority.

"It's because our players would be taking the game seriously against Nigeria or Ghana, but against Cape Verde, it won't be the same," he noted.

The three-time Afcon winner went on: "Another reason is that we have already been successful against Nigeria and Ghana as we have experienced playing them before in the African Cup of Nations unlike Cape Verde."

Mido too?

But Gomaa is not alone in wanting Nigeria for next week's draw, as Hossam "Mido" Hassan seeks same. However, he wants to avoid Ghana.

"I hope the draw gives us Nigeria. This will be very good for our national team because Nigeria has a good team and their players a very skilled," Mido told Supersport.com.

The well-traveled player also felt Nigeria "keep improving since they won the last Afcon and it's better for us to play against them and get tested."

Surprisingly, Mido says he would want to stay away from Ghana.

"I don't want Ghana or Ivory Coast. They are not suitable for us this time nor is Algeria because of all the tension and outside drama between the two north African teams in football," he said.



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