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Egypt to start camp for 2019 AFCON qualifiers opener against Tunisia early in June

Ahram Online , Thursday 11 May 2017
Egypt VS Tunisia (Reuters)
Egypt VS Tunisia (Reuters)

Egypt's training camp for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying opener in Tunisia on June 11 will kick off on either 2 or 3 June, Ahram Sports reported on Thursday.

With the Ahly and Zamalek players expected to join the camp on 5 June, Egypt manager Hector Cuper decided to call on his foreign-based players a few days earlier.

With Europe's major leagues due to conclude in May, the Argentinean boss is believed to be keen on recalling his Europe-based players earlier to prepare them after nearly a two-week break.

Seven-time African champions Egypt, who finished runners-up to Cameroon in the 2017 Cup of Nations, will be looking to make what used to be a customary appearance in the Nations Cup for the second time in a row.

The Pharaohs have been drawn in Group J alongside Tunisia, Niger and Swaziland as group champions alongside the three best second-placed teams make it to the tournament staged in Cameroon in January 2019.

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