Egypt to play Cameroon and Togo in May

Karim Farouk, Thursday 3 May 2012

Preparations for upcoming African Cup of Nations and World Cup qualifiers continue with the Pharaohs' training camp in Morocco and at least two friendlies

Egypt vs Camroon 2008
Egypt vs Camroon 2008 (Photo: Reuters)


The Pharaohs will begin a training camp in Morocco on 15 May ahead of a busy scheduled in June that will see the team kick off their African Cup of Nations (CAN) 2013 and World Cup 2014 qualifying campaigns.

"We will train in Morocco and we already had agreements with Togo and Cameroon to play them," assistant coach Diaa El-Sayed told a TV programme Wednesday.

"We were also in talks with Ivory Coast for a third warm-up game but they wanted to play in France so we are still looking for a replacement," he added.

Egypt coach Bob Bradley wants to play a large number of friendlies before the qualifiers to get the players physically and technically fit as all domestic football was cancelled after the Port Said disaster on 1 February.

The American coach, who has been in charge since November 2011, is trying to reshuffle the aging squad that won a record three-straight CAN titles in 2006, 2008 and 2010 under the helm of Hassan Shehata.

The Pharaohs have been paired with Guinea, Mozambique and Zimbabwe in the World Cup qualifiers.

Egypt will kick off their campaign against Mozambique on the 1 June before traveling to Guinea a week later.  They will take on the Central African Republic in a two-legged tie in the CAN 2013 qualifiers on 17 and 30 June.

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