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In Photos: Egypt's Sisi visits national team ahead of AFCON

The president also inspected final preparations before the Nations Cup kicks off on Friday

Ahram Online , Saturday 15 Jun 2019
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Egypt's President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi greets Egyptian national team's Coach Javier Aguirre ahead of AFCON kick off (Photo Courtesy of Egyptian Presidency)
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Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi visited the national football team during training on Saturday as the record seven-time African champions eye an eighth glory in upcoming hosted African Cup of Nations 2019.

Egypt was granted hosting rights of the 2019 African Cup of Nations, held 21 June to 19 July, after winning a majority of votes in a January meeting of the executive committee of the Confederation of African Football.

According to an official statement, Egyptian Presidency spokesman Bassam Rady said El-Sisi visited members of the team during training at Air Defense stadium, also referred to as 30 June Stadium.

The venue will host matches of Group C that includes Algeria, Kenya, Senegal and Tanzania. 

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Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi and Sports minister Ashraf Sobhi

The President expressed his full confidence in the understanding of the team in the responsibility they bore, calling on them to exert the utmost effort for the welfare of the nation.

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Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi shake hands with national team star Mohamed Salah

El-Sisi stressed on the importance of an exercise of discipline and respectful behavior as a reflection of Egypt’s civilization that would complete a full picture for the success of the tournament.

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Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi receives national team kit with the players signature

The players promised El-Sisi they will do their best effort to make Egyptians happy, the statement said.

The Egyptian President also toured the stadium to inspect final preparations ahead of the tournament , expressing his hope that it will be a positive push for the Egyptian sports field due to the exerted advanced development in infrastructure.

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Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi speaks to the national team players

The Egyptian team began their final preparations for the Nations Cup with a friendly against Tanzania at Alexandria's Borg El-Arab stadium on Thursday, winning a 1-0.

Another friendly against Guinea set to be played on Sunday. Egypt were drawn in Group A at the African Nations Cup along with DR Congo, Uganda and Zimbabwe. They will kick of the tournament by playing Zimbabwe on 21 June.

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Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi with national team at 30th June stadium on Saturday 15 June 2019

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