Jordan seeks to achieve the first surprise in the Arab Cup when it faces its Egyptian counterpart, on Saturday, (19:00 UAE time) at Al Janoub Stadium.
Jordan qualified for the quarter-finals, occupying second place in Group C with 6 points from two wins over Saudi Arabia 1-0 and Palestine 5-1, behind Morocco, while the Egyptian team qualified for the fourth group, with a fair play difference from Algeria with 7 points from two wins over Sudan 5- Zero, Lebanon 1-0 and tied with Algeria 1-1.
The confrontation will not be easy for the Jordan national team, which is missing a number of players, either due to injury or due to the Corona virus.
And absent from the ranks of Jordan, led by Iraqi coach Adnan Hamad, the trio Muhammad Al-Damiri, Ahmed Sarra and Baha Faisal due to injury, Muhannad Khairallah, who is infected with the Corona virus, in addition to Yazan Al-Arab, who suffers from a minor injury that may prevent him from participating in the Egyptian team, who also misses the trio Ahmed Hegazy. Ayman Ashraf and Akram Tawfiq due to injury.
Among the Jordanian national team, Hamza Al-Dardour, Yassin Al-Bakhit, Bahaa Abdel-Rahman, Mahmoud Mardi and Nour Al-Rawabdeh, in addition to Ali Alwan and Yazan Al-Nuaimat, who scored two goals in the last match against Palestine.
While the return of Mohamed Magdy “Afsha” is good news for Portuguese coach Carlos Queiroz, along with the experience of goalkeeper Mohamed El-Shennawy and players Mahmoud Hamdi “Al-Wensh”, Ahmed Aboul Fotouh, Amr Al-Sulayya, Hussein Faisal, Marwan Hamdi, and Mohamed Sherif.
The Jordan national team defeated its Egyptian counterpart 1-0 in the last match that brought the two teams together in 2016. Coaches Hamad and Queiroz faced each other twice in 2012 in two friendly matches that witnessed 2-2 and 0-0 draws, when Hamad was coach of Jordan and Queiroz coach of the Emirates.
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