Egypt to play Ronaldo's Portugal in London

Ahram Online, Thursday 30 Jan 2014

British capital will host Egypt's friendly against Portugal on 25 May amid their preparations for the 2015 African Cup of Nations qualifiers

Egypt's Mohamed Salah Ghaly (R) is carried by teammate Ahmed Hegazi as he celebrates his goal during their men's first round Group C preliminary soccer match against Belarus at the London 2012 Olympic Games at Hampden Park in Glasgow, August 1, 2012 (Photo: Reuters)

The Pharaohs will face Portugal in London on 25 May as part of their preparations for the 2015 African Cup of Nations qualifiers that begin in July, Al-Ahram Arabic news website reported on Thursday.

They then travel to Russia for a friendly on 1 June.

Egypt, who have not played since the World Cup playoffs in November, will hold their first training camp of the year on 28 February.

Coach Shawki Gharib and his coaching team have been watching the Egyptian Premier League matches closely from the stands in the hope of finding some new talent.

Egypt are hoping for a new era as they prepare for the African Cup of Nations in Morocco in July 2015. They will start their preparation with a friendly against Bosnia in Austria on 5 March.

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