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Egypt, Algeria consider August friendly
The Egyptian Football Association and Pharaohs manager Shawky Gharib were set to meet Sunday to discuss staging an August friendly with North African neighbor Algeria.
Gharib and his technical crew were said to be seeking an August friendly against a top African side in preparation for 2015 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifying, which kicks off a month later. The match would be held in Cairo Stadium.
Algeria, fresh off a historic run in the ongoing 2014 World Cup that saw it reach the knockout stages for the first time, also start its AFCON qualifying campaign in September.
The two have not played since their 2010 AFCON semifinal in Angola, a 4-0 win for Egypt that came on the heels of a bitter World Cup qualifying campaign that saw the Fennecs nick the Pharaohs for a spot in the finals in South Africa.
Egypt take on Senegal in Dakar on September 6 to kick-start its qualifying campaign for next year’s AFCON finals in Morocco before hosting Tunisia several days later.
Algeria starts its road to Morocco against Ethiopia in Addis Ababa on the same day before hosting Mali September 10.
If the friendly goes ahead, the four-time World Cup participants will be without the services of Vahid Halilhodžić, the manager that led them to this year’s finals in Brazil. The 61-year-old Bosnian’s contract automatically expired following the Fennecs’ valiant Round of 16 exit at the hands of Germany, and is tipped to be replaced by Frenchman Christian Gourcuff.