Egyptian captain and Liverpool talisman Mohammed Salah is in Nairobi, for the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifier against Harambee Stars.
The match will be played tomorrow at the Kasarani Stadium.
‘The Pharaohs’ flew in from Cairo, with all foreign-based players on board except for Saudi Arabia-based defender Ahmed Hegazi, who will travel directly from Jeddah.
Going into this game, a draw for Egypt would be enough to secure a ticket to next year’s Nations Cup finals in Cameroon.
A defeat on the other hand will leave Salah-captained side having to avoid a consecutive loss in their final Group G game against the Comoros on Monday.
The Pharaohs currently top group G with eight points, on level with the Comoros and five clear of third-placed Kenya with two matches remaining. The top two teams will advance to the Cameroon finals.
Egypt has not won the Nations Cup since clinching the last of their record seven titles in 2010. They reached the final in 2017, only to lose 2-1 to champions Cameroon.
Salah is the current joint top scorer in the English Premier League with 17 goals under his boots.
On the other hand, the home team Harambee Stars captained by talisman Micheal Olunga will be keen to avoid a loss given it’s a must -win in both games (against Egypt and Togo).
During his team naming, head coach Jacob ‘Ghost’ Mulee, in his provisional squad made the brave call to drop big names among them skipper Victor Wanyama, winger Ayub Timbe, goalies Patrick Matasi and Arnold Origi.
After Egypt on Thursday, Kenya will face Togo in Lome on Monday with both ties being a must-win for the Harambee Stars.
The Stars are currently placed third with four points behind leaders Egypt and Comoros who have eight points each, with Togo rooted at the bottom with only one point.
The Stars on Monday undertook Covid-19 tests, ahead of the duel and were safe to proceed with the much-awaited fixture.
However, no fans shall be allowed due to the set rules and regulations by the Ministry of Health to curb the spread of Covid-19.