Call it different strokes for different fellows you will be right. Call it two teams with different ideologies, and you will equally be right. Say it is foreign base versus home base and you remain correct.
Did you know that out of the 28 players that will be on parade for the Pharaohs of Egypt only six are plying their trade outside Egypt?
Mo Salah who plays for Liverpool, Ahmed Hegazi who plays in Saudi Arabia, Mahmoud Hassan with Aston Villa,Mostafa Abdalla with Galatasaray Turkey, Mohammed Elneny who plays for Arsenal, England and Omar Mohamed with Stuttgart VFB Germany.
The rest play for teams in Egypt from continental championship veterans Zamalek to Pyramids of Egypt, from Al Ahly to ENNP and from Pharco to Talaea El Gaish.
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This is a complete opposite of the composition of their January 11 Nations Cup opponents Super Eagles.
Out of the 28 players on parade only one Noble John who plies his trade with two time champions league winners Enyimba is home base the rest 27 are foreign base with the England legion taking the lion share.
Some will tell you it tells so much about the quality of the local league in both countries.
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Others will tell you point blank the test of the pudding is in the eating siting dominance of the Egyptian clubs in continental meets viz CAF Champions League and Confederation Cup.
Well that could pass for a debate for another day but for now all focus will be on January 11 in Garoua. Who will survive the battle?
Did I hear you say be patient, wait for it? I hear you let’s wait for it and I bet you the composition of the things will certainly be a talking point for analysts on the D –day.