Forgot Password

 

Register

 

Create your Connect ID

This will allow you to login to all DStv websites & applications




or
Login using
x

Email Reset

 




Loading...
Loading Live Scoring...
*All times CAT (GMT+2)

Football | Ghana

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.

Shop

Gerrard: My Autobiography
Steven Gerrard is a hero to millions, not only as the inspirational captain of Liverpool FC, but as a key member of the England team.
R152.00
Rafa: My Story
Revelatory memoir from the greatest sportsman in the world today.
R182.00
FIFA 14
Xbox 360
R549.00
Mitre Ultimatch Soccer Ball - White
A high quality football, offering high performance at both training and during football matches.
R252.00


Comments

More expert analysis and opinion from Sport24
The opinions expressed by Sport24 experts and bloggers are theirs alone, and do not necessarily represent those of SuperSport

Live Video Streaming

Sat, 30 Aug @ 01:00
Bundesliga - Matchday 2 : Augsburg v Borussia Dortmund
Sat, 30 Aug @ 05:00
Sat, 30 Aug @ 09:30

Sports Talk



Calvin Emeka Onwuka
Spurs will challenge for the title
It was in my room in Rustenburg, during the last Afcon, that I noticed the style that Mauricio...

John Dykes
United in condemnation
The British football press showed tremendous solidarity this week when they all leaped on the same...

Neil Tovey
Borrowing from best practice
The late Irish scribe and poet Oscar Wilde once famously opined that “youth is wasted on the...

Sunday Oliseh
Man U need more than an 'Angel'
Just two games into the English Premier League and Manchester United are five points (synonymous to...

Arjun Vidyarthi
Good signs for the Reds despite loss
A brace from Stevan Jovetic and a Sergio Aguero stunner ensured that Manchester City took all three...

Segun Odegbami
The Falcons - fulfilling Pele’s prophecy?
Did you watch the finals of the Fifa Under-20 Women’s World Cup last Sunday night?