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Egypt in talks with top European teams for friendlies ahead of 2018 WC finals

Ahram Online , Sunday 26 Nov 2017
File Photo: File Photo: Egypt Vs Ghana Egypt's Tarek Hamed (L) vies for the ball against Ghana's Jordan Ayew during the 2018 World Cup qualifying Group E football match between Egypt and Ghana at the Borg el-Arab Stadium near Alexandria on November 13, 2016. (Photo: AFP)
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Egypt Football Association (EFA) chairman Hani Abou-Reida announced that the EFA is currently in talks with top European national teams to play friendly games as part of preparations for the 2018 World Cup in Moscow, but would wait until the tournament's draw before finalizing plans.

"There are ongoing talks with some European teams like Sweden to play friendlies ahead of the 2018 World Cup finals," Abou-Reida told a radio programme early on Sunday.

"There are also talks with South Korea from Asia but we are waiting for the World Cup draw," Abou-Reida said.

"After the draw we will know Cuper's plan for the preparation as well as whether he needs only one friendly or more because of the shortness of the period [before the start of the cup," the EFA boss added.

The Pharaohs secured a World Cup berth for the first time since 1990 after topping qualifying Group E with 13 points, finishing ahead of Uganda on nine.

The draw for the group stage of the 2018 World Cup will take place on 1 December, 2017 in Moscow.

The cup will kick off in June of next year.

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