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Al Ahly blame U-20 Egypt training camp issue on EFA ‘threatening’ letter


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Member of Al Ahly football committee Taha Ismail has blamed a ‘threatening letter’ sent by Egyptian Football Association (EFA) for the recent U-20 Egypt national team training camp problem.

Al Ahly have turned down the EFA’s request to release their players for Egypt U-20 team training camp ahead of the U-20 African Championship before Feb. 18.

Ismail explained that the club’s board rejected the threatening tone of the EFA letter, in which it threatened to ban players who refuse to join the national team camp.

“No one has claimed that the club won’t allow the players to join the national team,” Ismail told OnTV Sport satellite channel.

“Since the tournament has a known schedule, then the board knows that some of the players might be called up to join the training camp,” Ismail added.

The U-20 African championship is scheduled to take place between Feb. 26 and March 12 in Zambia, with participating nations obliged to hand their final squad lists Feb. 15.

Egypt are set to compete in the tournament’s Group A alongside Zambia, Guinea and Mali.

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