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Egypt to play a second friendly with Mauritania at UAE

Egypt's coach Bradley refuses the idea of extending the team's camp in the UAE, despite its great benefits

Ahmed Abd El Rasoul , Saturday 14 Apr 2012
Bob Bradley
Egypt national soccer team coach Bob Bradley, from the U.S. (Photo: Reuters)
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Egypt's national football team will play their second friendly match at the UAE training camp with Mauritania instead of Benin on Sunday amid their preparations for 2014 World Cup qualifiers and the 2013 edition of the CAN.

According to Ahram Sport, the Pharaohs were initially to take on Benin in place of Angola, but now it is confirmed they will play against the Mauritanian team.

Seven-time African champions, Egypt, claimed a narrow 3-2 victory against Nigeria's local-based squad in their first friendly match in Dubai on Thursday. They are set to play against Iraq on 17 April before returning home.

The Egyptian team is suffering a bit in form as they prepare for upcoming important matches since the Port Said Stadium disaster, where many fans were killed in February, and all domestic football activities were suspended.

Despite acknowledging that the outside training camps are the only way to prepare his team, the American Coach Bradley refused to extend the current camp to make way for the scheduled Ahly and Zamalek matches in the African championships.

"We dominated the game against Nigeria and our performance is getting better gradually," Bradley said in the press conference after the match.

"We will try to fix our players faults in the coming two friendlies against Mauritania and Iraq. I am eager to make the best use of camps outside Egypt to give the chance for a large number of players to regain their fitness and also prove their worth," the former US tactician added.

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