Colombian striker wary of Egypt even without Salah

Colombian striker wary of Egypt even without Salah
Mohammed Salah

by Phumzile Ngcatshe

Wednesday May 30, 2018. 10:06

Colombia and AC Milan striker Carlos Bacca has described the Egyptian national team as difficult, even with the absence of key player Mohamed Salah.

The Pharaohs will clash with Colombia in a friendly match on June 1 in Milan, Italy as part of the final preparations for the two national teams before they head to 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.

Head coach Jose Pekerman will also aim to take Colombia beyond their last achievement in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil when they were able to reach the tournament’s quarterfinals.

On the other hand, they will be facing Poland, Senegal, and Japan in group D.

“We know that Egypt is a tough team, even right now as they’re going through a difficult phase without their main player Mohamed Salah,” Bacca told the Colombian Football Federation website.

Bacca also commented on the recent injury the Liverpool winger sustained during the final UEFA Champions League game against Real Madrid last weekend.

“I hope he recovers from his injury on time for the World Cup, the tournament is waiting for the best players,” he added.

After facing Uruguay on June 15 in their opening match, the Pharaohs will clash against Russia on June 19 and conclude the group stage against Saudi Arabia on June 25.

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