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EGYPT TO START WORLD CUP CAMPAIGN WITH MEXICO FRIENDLY IN MARCH

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The Pharaohs of Egypt are due to play the Tri Color of Mexico in March 2018 as part of preparations for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

Hany Abou-Rida, the President of the Egyptian Football Association confirmed to the Egyptian media that his outfit has received a proposal to face Mexico in an international friendly in March as they prepare for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

Egypt made their long-awaited return to the World Cup after 28 years following finishing as group winners in Group E in the African qualifiers, in the same context Mexico conquered direct qualification to the World Cup in the CONCACAF qualifiers, finishing first.

The Pharaohs were drawn in Group A of the World Cup with hosts Russia, Uruguay and Saudi Arabia whereas the Mexicans find themselves in Group F with Germany, Sweden and South Korea.

EFA president Hany Abou-Rida confirmed that they are close to finding a deal regarding Egypt’s friendly against Mexico.

“We received an offer from the Mexican Football Federation to play a friendly next March and we are close to finalising the deal,” Abou-Rida told Al Ahram newspaper.

“We also have more offers to play friendly games and we will chose the best after negotiations with the technical manager.”

The Egyptian national team director Ehab Leheta also stated that Egypt’s friendlies are expected to be held abroad.

“Egypt’s friendly games will be played in Europe, not in Cairo. Egypt national team coach Hector Cuper asked to play two friendly games next March with a big European teams.”

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