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Egypt will look to confirm a place in the Africa Cup of Nations quarterfinals when they face already-qualified Ghana on Wednesday.

The Group D clash will take place at the Stade de Port-Gentil, with kick-off set for 21h00 CAT.

The Pharaohs have claimed four points in the pool thus far and stand on the verge of joining Ghana in the last eight: Hector Cuper’s side need only a draw to ensure they cannot be overhauled by Mali, who face eliminated Uganda in a concurrent match in Oyem.

A win will be even better for the North Africans, allowing them to leapfrog into top spot and ensure they remain in Port-Gentil and face the runners-up of Group C.

“Winning and qualifying to the next round are more important than the performance,” veteran goalkeeper Essam El-Hadary told beIN Sports after Egypt’s 1-0 win over Uganda on Saturday.

“I want to thank all the players for their performance in today’s match despite the poor state of the pitch,” the 44-year-old said.

“We’ve an important game against Ghana in three days and we hope to secure qualification to the next round.”

Ghana may already be through to the last eight, but they won’t take it easy against Egypt: having recently lost to the Pharaohs in a 2018 World Cup qualifier, the chance to put them out of the tournament is one they will be itching to capitalise on.

Coach Avram Grant, meanwhile, has confirmed that he will leave his post when the 2017 AFCON is complete. After taking Ghana to a runners-up finish in 2015, the Israeli will hope to end his tenure by going one step further this time around.

Key players

Egypt – Abdallah Said
After his match-winning showing as a substitute against Uganda, Abdallah Said will surely be given a start against Ghana. The 31-year-old Al Ahly player gives the Pharaohs much more attacking impetus through the middle of the park, something they may need against the athleticism of Ghana.

Ghana – Thomas Partey
A Man-of-the-Match performance against Mali saw Thomas Partey prove his worth to the Ghanaian team and Avram Grant appears to have stumbled on a midfielder combination which gives his team better balance. Expect the Atletico Madrid man to be a key figure against the Pharaohs on Wednesday.

Head-to-Head – Egypt v Ghana

Egypt FIFA ranking: 35
Ghana FIFA ranking: 54
Matches played: 21
Egypt wins: 10
Ghana wins: 6
Draws: 5
Egypt goals scored: 29
Ghana goals scored: 25
Last match: 13 November 2016 in Alexandria – Egypt 2-0 Ghana


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