Egypt to play friendlies against Tanzania, Guinea
Egypt were put in a considerably balanced group with DR Congo, Uganda and Zimbabwe, with all three teams possessing strong individual quality.
The Pharaohs will commence the tournament with the opening game against Zimbabwe on Friday, June 21 at Cairo International Stadium.
The EFA announced that president Hany Abou-Rida have approved the national team’s program of friendly games ahead of their participation in AFCON.
Egyptian national team manager Ehab Leheita stated that Javier Aguirre’s men will line up against Tanzania and Guinea on June 13 and June 16 respectively at Borg Al Arab Stadium.
Both African team have given their consent to play the amicable games against Egypt after they were contacted, the EFA statement added.
Meanwhile, the Zimbabwe Warriors will use the Cosafa Cup tournament in South Africa next month as part of its preparations.
The 2019 Cosafa Cup will be staged in the South African coastal city of Durban from May 25-June 8, serving as vital preparation for the region’s Africa Cup of Nations-bound sides that include South Africa and Namibia.
Angola, Madagascar, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe are all teams that will be heading to the Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt from June 21-July 19, and so will be able to use the Cosafa Cup to camp and play in high-quality competitive internationals just weeks before the continental showpiece.
The prestigious regional tournament will be hosted in partnership with the South African Football Association and the eThekwini Municipality, with venues around the Durban city to enrich the 14-team competition.
Zimbabwe will be the defending champions in 2019 having won the last of their record six titles in Polokwane 12 months ago when they edged Zambia 4-2 in a thrilling final.
Zambia and South Africa have four wins each, with Angola (three wins) and Namibia also previously gold medallists.