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Egypt set to play Ethiopia friendly in August

The Pharaohs will square off against Ethiopia in preparation for September's Senegal and Tunisia Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers

Ahram Online, Thursday 24 Jul 2014
 Shawky Gharib
Egypt's national soccer team coach Shawky Gharib (Photo: Al-Ahram)

The Egyptian Football Association (EFA) under the leadership of Gamal Allam has reached an agreement with its Ethiopian counterpart to play a friendly in early August, domestic reports claimed on Thursday.

The two Nile Basin teams are currently preparing for the qualifiers of the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations (CAN) set to take place in Morocco.

The Pharaohs, currently under the helm of coach Shawky Gharib, have done well at the CAN, winning three times in a row in 2006, 2008 and 2010.

Now they are bidding for a return after missing the last two editions in 2012 and 2013. They'll kick off their bid with an away clash against Senegal on 6 September, four days before they take on Tunisia.

They are set to play two friendlies, with Ethiopia likely the first.

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