Egypt’s national team tests negative for coronavirus before AFCON opener with Nigeria

Ahmed Abd El Rasoul , Monday 10 Jan 2022

Egypt’s national team’s players have all tested negative for the coronavirus ahead of Tuesday’s anticipated African Cup of Nations (AFCON) opener against Nigeria, the Egyptian Football Association (EFA) revealed on Monday.

Egypt with no COVID-19
EFA

Seven-time African champions Egypt will begin their AFCON 2021 campaign with a clash against the Nigerian Super Eagles on Tuesday.

“The PCR tests for all the team’s members came back negative,” reads a short statement by the EFA.

A few hours ahead of flying to Cameroon for the African Cup on Saturday, the Pharaohs were hit with the news that goalkeeper Mohamed Abu Gabal and coach Essam El-Hadary will not be travelling with the team after testing positive for the coronavirus on Friday.

Egypt is playing in the prestigious continental tournament in Group D alongside Nigeria, Sudan, and Guinea Bissau.

Egypt is aiming for its first AFCON title since 2010.

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