–Pharaohs Set qualification for 2017 AFCON in motion
In a bid not to miss out of the 2017 AFCON in Gabon, the Pharaohs of Egypt have gotten their preparations underway, albawaba.com reveals.
The former African champions have been drawn in Group G against Nigeria, Tanzania, and Chad during last week’s draw.
According to the Egyptian Football Association’s Alaa Abdel-Aziz in a statement, a new coach Hector Cuper has decided to set Saturday, June 13 as the date for the team’s opening qualifier at home against Tanzania.
“Cuper picked June 13 as the date for our first match against Tanzania, but no venue has been set yet,” said Abdel-Aziz.
“He asked the EFA to hold a camp every month, to get to know the players more, and we accepted this idea.
“We will have another camp in May with a friendly match. The last camp will be on June 8, to be followed by the match against Tanzania.”
In his first match in charge of the Pharaohs, Egypt beat AFCON 2015 semi-finalist Equatorial Guinea 2-0 in a friendly last month.
The seven-time continental champions are looking to avoid a seven-year drought at the African football’s foremost showpiece event.
Egypt failed to reach the previous edition of the continental tournament in Equatorial Guinea earlier this year where Cote D’Ivoire were crowned champions after beating the Black Stars of Ghana.