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Ahly's Zakareya replaces Zamalek's Fathi in Egypt camp for Nigeria test

Egypt will play their first Africa Nations Cup match against Nigeria away on Friday and then again next Tuesday at home

Ahram Online , Tuesday 22 Mar 2016
Moamen Zakaria
Ahly's Moamen Zakaria (Reuters)

The Egyptian national team's Argentinean coach Hector Cuper has called-up Ahly midfielder Moemen Zakareya to replace Zamalek's Mostafa Fathi who picked up an injury on Monday.

The Egypt team is currently in a training camp ahead of their first match against Nigeria in the Africa Cup of Nations that they will play away on Friday. The team's second clash will be on Tuesday 29 March at home.

The seven-time African champions Egypt won the tournament the last three times they participated (2006, 2008 and 2010), though failed to qualify for the next three tournaments under the helms of various managers including Hassan Shehata, his assistant Shawky Gharib and American Bob Bradley.

Cuper, 59, promised to make Egypt return to their glory days insisting he is "confident that the team is capable of overcoming Nigeria."

The Pharaohs team includes young talents including Roma winger Mohamed Salah and Arsenal midfielder Mohamed Elneny.

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