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Pharaohs given break ahead of Ghana showdown

Egypt finalising preparations before World Cup playoff against Ghana on 15 October

Eslam Omar, Thursday 3 Oct 2013
Egypt
Egypt's national soccer team (Photo: Bassam Al-Zoghby)
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Egypt manager Bob Bradley has given the squad a four-day break ahead of their trip to Ghana.

The Pharaohs are set to be leave for Kumasi on 11 October, four days before the first leg of their African playoff for the 2014 World Cup against Ghana.

"The Egyptian Football Association (EFA) will be releasing a daily press statement from Ghana," spokesman Azmy Megahed was quoted as saying on the association's official website.

The 55-year-old tactician will announce his final squad for the match on 6 October, a day before the team gather at their closed training camp in Cairo's Dar El-Defaa stadium.

The winners of seven African Cups of Nations have played Uganda twice this week, defeating them 2-0 on Monday and 3-0 on Wednesday.

The Pharaohs, who came top in qualifying Group G, are bidding for their first appearance at the most world's important football event since 1990.

The second leg will be held in Cairo on 19 November with spectators in attendance, despite security concerns in the country that has cancelled two successive Premier League seasons due to crowd violence.

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