Egypt v Kenya Nations Cup qualifiers | Match Preview

Egypt v Kenya Nations Cup qualifiers | Match Preview

The Pharaohs started on Sunday their preparations for their upcoming clashes against Kenya and Comoros in the Nations Cup qualifiers.

Egypt will face Kenya away from home on Thursday before hosting Comoros at Cairo International Stadium on Monday 29 March.

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The local-based players underwent PCR tests on Sunday morning before starting training on Monday after receiving the tests’ results.

Players who play abroad will join the training camp on Monday after finishing their duties with their respective clubs.

The Pharaohs’ coach has called-up five foreign-based players among his 28-man list for the two games.

The five players are Mohamed Salah (Liverpool, England), Mohamed El-Neny (Arsenal, England), Mahmoud ‘ Trezeguet’ Hassan (Aston Villa, England), Mostafa Mohamed (Galatasaray, Turkey), and Ahmed Hegazi (Ittihad Jeddah, Saudi Arabia).

Pharaohs coach Hossam El-Badri highlighted the important role of his team’s foreign-based players, urging them to prove their worth to the Egyptian national team.

“The foreign-based players have to produce a good performance and give an added value to the team,” El-Badri told reporters on Thursday.

“They are asked to produce a different performance from their counterparts who plays in the domestic league.”

“They have a great responsibility, especially since we have a target to achieve.”

Maqassa midfielder Mohamed Ibrahim and Zamalek forward Youssef Ibrahim produced a string of strong displays with their teams in the domestic league, but they fell out of favour with the Pharaoh’s coach.

“Both are good players. They may have a role with the Pharaohs in the coming period,” the coach said.

The Pharaohs will face Kenya away from home on 25 March before hosting Comoros four days later in Cairo.

Egypt is leading Group G with seven points, on level with Comoros.

The first two teams in each group will reach next year’s African Cup of Nations in Cameroon.

Egypt are leading in Group G of the qualifiers with seven points, leveling with Comoros.

The first two teams in each group will qualify for next year’s African Cup of Nations, which is set to be played in Cameroon.

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