The Pharaohs of Egypt and their American coach, Bob Bradley, will face 2010 quarterfinalist Ghana for a berth in the 2014 World Cup.
In an African playoff draw conducted Monday in Cairo, Egypt received one of the most difficult pairings: The Black Stars eliminated Bradley’s U.S. team in the second round of the 2010 competition in South Africa and feature players scattered throughout Europe’s top leagues.
The two legs are slated to be played during FIFA fixture windows in mid-October and mid-November.
Egypt is the only team globally with a perfect World Cup qualifying record (6-0-0) but the Black Stars are 5-1-0 with an 18-3 scoring margin.
At the 2006 World Cup, they advanced to the round of 16 before losing to Brazil. Four years later, after defeating the United States in extra time, they missed a penalty kick on the final touch of extra time and then fell to Uruguay in a tiebreaker.
The five competing teams with the highest world rankings — Ivory Coast, Ghana, Algeria, Nigeria and Tunisia — were randomly drawn against the five lowest. The winners of the five matchups will advance to Brazil next summer.
Post reporter Mary Beth Sheridan traveled to Egypt last month and filed this profile of the former U.S. national team leader.
Ivory Coast (19) vs. Senegal (66)
Ghana (24) vs. Egypt (50)
Algeria (28) vs. Burkina Faso (51)
Nigeria (36) vs. Ethiopia (93)
Tunisia (46) vs. Cameroon (61)