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Egypt to play Djibouti, Malawi friendlies

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The Egyptian Football Association (EFA) announced on Wednesday that the Pharaohs will take on Djibouti and Malawi in friendly matches as they continue preparing for 2017 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifiers. 

Egypt will take on Djibouti on May 21 and Malawi on June 8, according to a statement on the EFA’s official website.

The seven-time AFCON champions have been hard at work preparing for their first qualifier, which is tabbed for June 14 against Tanzania.  It will be the first competitive test for new manager Hector Cuper.

Chad and Nigeria comprise the remainder of Group G.

Egypt, AFCON’s most successful side, has not qualified for the tournament since winning it in 2010.




  1. GameRef

    April 23, 2015 at 12:13 AM

    Fifa ranking of Djibouti:207.Malawi:97.It seems to be a pretty easy task to win but I think those games are important to begin to set the tactical organization of the team and choose the players who are going to be the technical leaders.I don’t think Mohamed Salah could be that kind of leader as he has not(yet?) the ability of organizing the team’s plays with alternating with different tempos.Players like Mahmoud Hassan, Saleh Gomaa can do so.
    Concerning the attacking line, maybe it will be an exciting struggle for 2 spots in the future between Koka, Gamal,Gedo,Morsi,Kahraba,Soliman,…

  2. Hosam

    April 23, 2015 at 5:40 PM

    This reminds me of the same mistakes Bradley made.. Playing against weak sides and then play a big country and get trached 6-1. Egypt can better play Malawi as a weak side to gain confidence and then a stronger opponent.

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