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Egypt turns down Colombia test

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Egypt’s upcoming slate of friendlies will not include Colombia.

Egypt has rejected an offer to play South American powerhouse Colombia in an international friendly, according to manager Shawky Gharib.

In a statement to reporters on Friday, Gharib cited a busy schedule and the risk of player exhaustion if the June 7 match went ahead.

Egypt will take on Chile in a friendly eight days prior in Santiago. Cairo giants Zamalek – whose players comprise a sizeable portion of Egypt’s national team – may also have African Champions League commitments on or around the proposed date.

Egypt has also received a request from China to play friendlies on June 19 and 22.

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