LIVE: Nigeria v Egypt | Friendly match | March 26th 2019
Egypt coach Mexican tactician Javier Aguirre will continue examining new faces when his team faces Nigeria in a friendly match on Tuesday.
The Pharaohs will be hosted by the Super Eagles in their first warm-up for this summer’s African Nations Cup, which they are seeking to win for the first time since winning the last of their record seven trophies in 2010.
Egypt was granted the tournament’s hosting rights in January after Cameroon was stripped of those rights in December. Nigeria will also be featuring in the prestigious tournament finals.
The Egyptian team is supposed to play three other friendly matches in the final preparations before the competition, which is scheduled to take place from 21 June to 13 July.
Egypt’s perfect run under Aguirre came to an end after Saturday’s 1-1 away draw against Niger in the last round of the Nations Cup qualifiers.
Against Niger, Aguirre gave debuts to Pyramids duo Ahmed Mansour and Nabil Emad and Ittihad’s on-loan youngster Ammar Hamdi, as well as introducing other fresh faces such as Ahly right-back Mohamed Hani and midfielder Amr El-Sulaya.
Egypt, who have already booked a place in Africa’s flagship tournament with one match to spare, finished second in Group J with 13 points, three behind leaders Tunisia.
On the other side, examining new faces would be also a priority for Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr against the seven-time African champions Egypt.
“We will have new players against Egypt. A new striker and a new defender,” Rohr said in the match’s press conference.
“We want to deploy other players in the match, but the most important thing is to play wonderful football,” he added.
With Aguirre at the helm, Egypt have won all the qualifier matches; crushing Niger 6-0, defeating eSwatini 4-1 at home and 2-0 away, and beating Tunisia 3-2, before Saturday’s draw in N’Djamena.
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