Egypt national team new coach El-Badry to start mission with Botswana friendly

Mahmoud Elassal , Friday 27 Sep 2019

Egypt's Mohamed salah with Ahmed Hegazy and Egypt national team players (Reuters)

Egypt national team will host Botswana in a friendly game on 14 October as part of the two sides' preparations for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers, The Zebras announced on their twitter account on Friday.

"The Senior Men National Team, The Zebras, will play African giants Egypt, The Pharaohs, on the 14th October 2019 in Cairo, Egypt," read a statement by the Botswana FA.

"The Zebras will head to Egypt on the 7th October for a short high-performance Camp to prepare for the game and the 2021 qualifying games, " the statement added.

Under the helm of Egypt's newly-appointed national team coach Hossam El-Badry, the Pharaohs will start a new era next month when they launch the preparatory camp ahead of the friendly game against Botswana.

El-Badry called called five foreign-based players, including Liverpool star Mohamed Salah, Mahmoud 'Trezeguet' Hassan (Aston Villa), Ahmed 'Kouka' Hassan (SC Braga), Mohamed Elneny (Besiktas) and Ahmed Hegazi (West Bromwich) for the upcoming closed camp in October.

Egypt's national team, who hired El-Badry following the sacking of Mexican tactician Javier Aguirre after quickly exiting the Africa Nations Cup held home in the 16th round, are competing in the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers alongside the 2022 World Cup qualifiers.

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