Group A 2018 world cup preview: Salah to help Egypt through the stage.

worldcupI can almost hear the sound of the whistle of the opener between host Russia and Saudi Arabia.

Husbands will go missing from their homes. Ladies like me will forget our home chores for some time,as we will be following the world’s most spectacular event.

I can vividly remember my sister dropping her phone unknowingly and crushing it as we celebrated Ghana’s quarter final qualification in 2010 world cup held in South Africa. The famous Vuvuzelas could be heard across the stadium. I must mention that Shakira’s world cup song was the best ever, my opinion though.

Being team Africa, let me look at Group A consisting of Russia, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Uruguay. Egypt faces Uruguay in the second match of the tournament. All eyes are on Egypt as it is the hope of every African that the Pharaohs will beat Uruguay in a revenge mission after Suarez denied Ghana a chance for a semi final spot in the 2010 world cup. The Barcelona star handled the ball on the goal-line, preventing a last minute win for the black stars. Asamoah Gyan went ahead and missed the penalty. It might be almost eight years since the infamous intervention in a memorable quarterfinal clash, but it is fresh in my mind so is to other Africans.

It is a crucial match for each side, it is likely to feature arguably three of the best attackers in the world-Egypt’s Salah and Uruguay’s  Suarez and Edinson Cavani. Egypt hopes that Salah will still be hungry for goals as he did in premier league.

Russia and Uruguay seem to be the people’s prediction of the two teams to advance in this group, while Saudi Arabia is the lowest ranked.

No African team has ever gone past the last eight in a world cup tournament; therefore every African team feels tasked to go forward and write a new history.

Yes, Russia has a home advantage but I have to go for Egypt and Uruguay qualifying in this group.

Players to watch

Fahad Mosaed Al-Muwalla- Saudi Arabia

Mohammed Salah- Egypt

Suarez and Cavani – Uruguay

Interesting fact

Egypt goal keeper Essam El-Hadary will become the oldest player to play at a world cup at 45 years, if he makes it to the pitch.

Well we don’t expect a winner from this group but we can expect some little drama from Suarez after his Controversial handball in 2010 world cup in South Africa and biting Giogio Chiellieni’s shoulder in 2014 Brazil world cup.

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My Arsenal Picks…..

As a football fan there are those players that you like and for me these are my favourite in Arsenal.
Alexi sanchez-
As the current top scorer with 17 goals Alexis has been a vital player in the Arsenal team,very hardworking,Energetic and consistent player.This is a player I can comfortably point out as worth every cent spent on him at the club.As opposed to other players Sanchez evidently loves football as he never wants to miss a match even when the manager decides to rest him.
Alexis is dangerous in front of goal and can shake any experienced defender with his credible skills.Did I mention that i love his goal celebrations,very genuine and on point.
He has won the hearts of many Arsenal fans,terming him as the Savior. Personally I would not imagine him leaving the club,then again i will always wish him the best wherever he goes.

Alex-Oxlade Chamberlain-
Oxlade-Chamberlain is creative ,self driven and aggressive.He might not have the advantage in starting games but he shows determination. Now that Ramsey is out with a calf injury he has to make his presence felt.
I like how he goes deep,he is strong enough to resist a tackle and make his way to the goal area but unfortunately his shots are not accurate but i believe if he get regular starts he will certainly aim for the net.

Mesut Ozil-
Assistant in chief is how we refer to him,he is best known for his crucial assists. His sleek moves and wise decisions makes him tick,he makes football more fun and entertaining to watch.
It is amazing to watch how he protects himself from hard tackles,he only gets flu and not broken skull like anyone else.Like any other player he has his off days when he is not in the game and he makes little impact in a game.
Lest I forget he can see very far.

Laurent Koscielny and Mustafi
Kostafi is how we refer to this great partnership between these two defenders,they wholeheartedly give their best when it comes to defending.They only become exposed if the midfield is not sufficient enough.The passion portrayed by this two is magnificent,one have not seen in a long time.
In defense we trust!

Olivier Giroud
I know you are wondering why i picked him in this list,I had to. There is something about this “Beast” i cant resist, as much as there has been much criticism about his inconsistent performance he has scored in almost every game this season.
He is in great shape,I mean he got the stamina.He can handle the defenders with much ease,his powerful headers that sends fans into ecstasy especially when you are trailing United.
The only issue i have with our Olivier is that he performs better when he comes in as a sub as opposed to when he starts.
Away from football He has good fashion sense!

Alex Iwobi-
This is a fresh blood,coming from a footballing family makes it even better.He got skills,pace and an eye for the ball.He is dangerous upfront and all i can say is that he is a star in the making.

I wish you an Arsenal feel Season.