Omar Gaber fancies Egypt chances in Russia

Omar Gaber fancies Egypt chances in Russia
Mohamed Salah of Egypt (l) looks at Omar Gaber of Egypt

by Phumzile Ngcatshe

Sunday Apr 08, 2018. 13:30

Egyptian international defender Omar Gaber says the Pharaohs can go a long way in June at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.

The United States-based defender was speaking about his start with the national team, the World Cup qualification journey and their chances in Russia.

Gaber recently joined new Major League Soccer side Los Angeles FC on a season-long loan from Swiss side Basel, where he struggled for game time.

He is expected to be part of Hector Cuper’s World Cup squad as the Argentine coach preferred the 25-year-old in his selection in the qualifiers and the 2017 African Cup of Nations.

The right-back also spoke on Mohamed Salah’s role in their quest to reach the global showpiece, saying the attacker is one of the finest players in their team.

“I was on the bench at that time and after they scored a goal I started talking with my teammates about alternative scenarios,” Gaber told MBC Mast TV channel.

“At the same time, we had hope that we can still win the game because we fought very hard.

“Salah was under a lot of pressure and stress but he managed to surpass all that.

“Salah is one of the top five players in the world right now.”

Moreover, the former Zamalek player believes the national team will secure more than five points during the first round as they play against hosts Russia, Uruguay and Saudi Arabia in Group A.

“Germany, Egypt, Brazil and Spain will manage to reach the semifinals. I believe Germany and Brazil will reach the final match and Brazil win the trophy. But Egypt can win bronze,” he concluded.

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