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Record seven-time continental champions Egypt must defeat Botswana in Gaborone Friday to retain a realistic chance of reaching the 2015 African Cup of Nations in Morocco.Egypt won three consecutive Cup of Nations titles between 2006 and 2010 but then failed to qualify for the 2012 and 2013 tournaments.Gharib suffered a late blow when one of seven overseas-based players in the 25-man squad, Hull City wing-back Ahmed Elmohamady, withdrew injured.Egypt are a team in transition and Gharib has not found a new spine to replace retired defender Wael Gomaa and midfielder Mohamed Abou Trika and injured striker Mohamed "Gedo" Nagy.Former West Ham United and West Bromwich Albion midfielder Peter Butler coaches a squad skippered by South Africa-based midfielder Joel Mogorosi and composed largely of locals.The Senegalese are currently among the most impressive African teams with both goals against Egypt created by superb defense-splitting passes from Lokomotiv Moscow's Dame Ndoye.
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