Egypt to play 2 friendly games ahead of AFCON qualifiers

Ahram Online , Wednesday 22 Apr 2015

Although Egypt's new coach has immediate plans to launch the Egyptian team back to being in the African football elite, the real challenge lies in World Cup qualification

Egypt's National Team (Photo: Reuters)

The Egyptian national team is scheduled to play two friendly games against Djibouti and Malawi, amid their preparations for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nation (AFCON) qualifiers.

"The Egyptian Football Association (EFA), under the leadership of Gamal Allam, asserted that the associations have reached an agreement to play two friendly games ahead of AFCON qualifiers," the EFA stated on their official website Wednesday.

The Pharaohs will play Djibouti on 21 May, before they meet Malawi on 8 June.

The record holders of seven AFCON trophies have been drawn in group G of the 2017 qualifiers alongside with Nigeria, Tanzania and Chad.

They will kick-off their bid on 14 June against Tanzania.

Egypt, under new coach Hector Cuper, will hold two training camps; one between 18 and 21 June and another between 7 and 14 July.

Cuper's first challenge will be to bounce back into Africa's football elite after three failed attempts in a row, though the ultimate aim is to achieve the long-held dream of qualifying for the World Cup, a moment Egyptians haven't experienced since 1990.

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