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Egypt line up Burundi, Malawi friendlies
Egypt have agreed to play friendly matches against Burundi and Malawi before it kicks off 2017 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifying this summer.
“Egypt’s technical staff have chosen to play two friendly matches against Burundi and Malawi on May 12 and June 8 respectively,” the Egyptian Football Association (EFA) said on its official website Wednesday.
The Pharaohs’ first qualifier will be at home against Tanzania June 14. Chad and Nigeria also join Egypt in Group G.
“Argentine Coach Hector Cuper has rejected offers to play against Sierra Leone, Djibouti, Uzbekistan, Australia, and Syria, choosing to face Burundi and Malawi during the available dates,” the statement added.
The EFA left open the possibility of playing the teams mentioned at some point in the future, perhaps in July or August.
Egypt will hold two training camps over the summer, including a June 18-21 session and another between July 7 and 14.
Burundi replaces Djibouti as Egypt’s choice of exhibition match opponent, as previously announced by the EFA.
Egypt has a record seven AFCON titles but hasn’t qualified for the tournament since 2010, thanks in part to political turmoil and domestic football stoppages.