Egypt set for US football friendly

Hatem Maher, Friday 10 Dec 2010

Egypt are close to arranging a friendly game with the United States next February, the Egyptian Football Association (EFA) said

Egypt V USA
Egypt lost 3-0 to USA in 2009

“We are on the verge of finalising an agreement with the United States Soccer Federation over a friendly game between both countries,” EFA chairman Samir Zaher told reporters.

“That game should take place on 9 February 2011 in Cairo," he said.

The match could invoke bitter memories for Egypt, who were knocked out of the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup at the hands of the US in an embarrassing fashion.

A defeat by a two-goal margin would have been enough to send the Pharaohs through to the last four, but they suffered a 3-0 defeat to bow out of the tournament.

“We chose to play against the US rather than Uruguay because the former are known for their strong collective performances. They do not rely on a particular start,” Egypt assistant coach Shawky Gharib said in an interview with Al-Ahram daily on Friday.

“They are similar to South Africa, our next tough opponents in the 2012 African Cup of Nations qualifiers, in that aspect.”

Seven-time African champions Egypt will next face fellow Arab side Qatar in a friendly game on 17 December.

Qatar is reveling in the success of becoming the first country in the Arab region and Middle East to be awarded the rights to host the World Cup.

The Gulf nation beat off competition from the US, Australia, South Korea and Japan in FIFA’s executive committee voting to win the rights to stage the football’s biggest tournament in 2022. 

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