Egypt arrived in the Ghanaian city of Kumasi on Saturday morning ahead of their crucial World Cup playoff first-leg clash with their coach Bob Bradley fingering Asamoah Gyan as their main threat to their ambitions of beating the Black Stars on Tuesday.
But the American coach fired the warning that the Pharaohs will be dangerous with their style play as they will try to create chances to win the match in Kumasi.
The Pharaohs landed at the Kumasi Airport at 7:32am on a domestic Antrak Flight after they were flown from the Kotoka International Airport where they had arrived at 5am Ghana time.
They were met on arrival by officials of the Ghana FA and the embassy staff of the Egyptian Embassy in both Accra and Kumasi.
Players of the Egyptians national team were seen joking with Ghanaian staff at the hotel in a very relaxed manner and enjoyed friendly chats with locals.
All the players invited by Bob Bradley including top stars Mohammed Sallah, Mohamed “Gedo” Nagy, Mohamed Abou-Treika and hugely talented Walid Soliman were all part of the squad.
However the players refused to speak with the local journalists who were at the airport to meet them but coach Bradley, who was in charge of the USA when they were beaten 2-1 by Ghana at the 2010 World Cup, was on point to single out Asamoah Gyan who struck the killer blow against the Yanks in the tournament in South Africa three years ago.
“Gyan is a difficult player because he can be invisible for long periods in a match; he is still fast and strong and at the moment he can cause trouble and that’s what he did when he played USA in 2010 World Cup during the extra time which determined the outcome of the game,” Bradley told reporters on his arrival in Ghana.
“So we will try and keep him out of our dangerous areas but I know it will be difficult.”
While respecting Ghana ability with its top stars, Bradley said they will also try to win the match with their delightful midfield play.
“We understand that and will still try to play in a way where we control the game, create chances with the way we move the ball and I think this is something that makes us dangerous.”
They moved straight to the Noda Hotel where they will be based during their stay in the Garden City.
Egypt players will train at the Paa Joe Park at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology on Saturday evening as they begin their preparation for the match.