Egypt rest top stars against Benin

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BENGUELA: Champions Egypt will rest several key stars including goalkeeper Essam El-Hadary in Wednesday s final Africa Cup of Nations Group C match against Benin here.

Egypt coach, Hassan Shehata, disclosed that he plans to rest some of his top stars, while giving some others a chance to stake a claim for a place in the first team.

A few players will get their chance against Benin, we will probably make three or four changes, said Shehata.

Essam El-Hadary will likely be rested and either Abdel-Wahed Al-Sayed or Mahmoud Aboul-Saoud could get the nod.

Egypt midfielder Mohamed “Geddo Nagy could also get his first start at Angola 2010 after he came off the bench against both Nigeria and Mozambique to score two well-taken goals.

Egypt are top of Group C with six points from two matches and at least a draw with Benin on Wednesday will see them finish as group winners going into the knockout stage of the Nations Cup.

In the meantime, Shehata has decried a decline in the standard of the Nations Cup in Angola, saying the level of the competition was better at the last two editions.

I think that competition in this tournament is much weaker compared to the previous two editions, he remarked. -AFP

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