Egypt coach Bob Bradley admits he wished his side had avoided Ghana in the playoffs for the 2014 World Cup.
The Pharaohs have home advantage after being drawn against the Black Stars on Monday in the final round of the qualifiers for next year’s tournament to be staged in Brazil.
This means Egypt will play the vital second leg match of the playoff tie at home.
Coach Bob Bradley suffered a defeat against Ghana at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa while still coach of the USA.
The American knows too well the danger that lies ahead for his team facing Ghana again with that extra time defeat in Rustenberg very fresh in his mind.
The 55-year-old who wished he had avoided the Black Stars believes the fate of the epic tie will rely greatly on the result from the first leg match in Ghana.
“We wanted to avoid such opponents like Ghana. I have come to Africa not enough to study all teams but Ghana is not just an Africa team, they are the world class team,” he told Angel FM.
“I played Ghana in 2010 and the match was tough, same like this one. No small team in Africa but I wish it was different team we picked not Ghana.
“I think the qualification will be decided in the first leg.”