Egypt cancel football friendly against Burundi for security reasons

Ahram Online , Tuesday 19 May 2015

The Pharaohs were due to play a friendly against Burundi in the capital Bujumbura

Egypt players
Egypt players look on after Tunisia's Fakhreddine Ben Youssef scored during their Africa Cup of Nations group G qualifying soccer match in Cairo, Egypt, Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014 (Photo: AP)

The Egyptian national team have cancelled their friendly game against Burundi, which was part of their preparations for the 2017 African Cup of Nations qualifiers.

The Egyptian Football Association (EFA) announced the match cancellation due to security concerns and political strife in the south-east African country.

"After coordination with the association's head Gamal Allam and national team coach Hector Cuper, the match is cancelled. A training session was held on Tuesday and Zamalek players were informed not to attended and train with their club," the EFA stated on its official website.

The holders of seven Cup of Nations trophies, Egypt have been drawn in Group G of the 2017 qualifiers along with Nigeria, Tanzania and Chad.

They will kick off their bid to reach the Gabon finals on 14 June against Tanzania.

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