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Egypt to kick off preparations for African qualifier with Tunisia Monday

Ahmed Abd El Rasoul, Sunday 11 Nov 2018
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Egypt’s national football team will start their preparatory camp on Monday at Alexandria's Borg El-Arab city ahead of hosting Tunisia on Friday in the fifth round of the 2019 African Cup of Nations qualifiers.

The Pharaohs have already secured a seat in the African Cup finals in Cameroon after they placed second in Group J with nine points, three behind rivals and leaders Tunisia.

Egypt suffered a 0-1 defeat against Tunisia when the teams met on 6 December 2017 in Rades in the first round of the qualifiers, and will seek to avenge their loss and qualify at the top of the group when they meet the Carthage Eagles.

On 23 October, Egypt’s coach Javier Aguirre announced the names of 11 overseas-based players for the Tunisia test, with Liverpool star Mohamed Salah among those named.

A week ago, the Mexican tactician called up 16 local-based players to take part in the training camp for the game on 16 November.

Egypt have played three games under Aguirre since his appointment, scoring 12 goals and conceding only one to win three games in a row.

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