Egypt prepare for obstacles
Egypt’s national football team is preparing to face obstacles such as rain and high temperature during the 2024 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Malawi in Cairo Friday evening.
The Pharaohs’ Portuguese coach Roy Vittoria described the two matches against the Flames as very important for everyone.
Speaking during a press conference after announcing his final squad for the match, Vittoria said they will play to win.
“The two confrontations are very important to us. We play to win only. Happy New Year on the occasion of the month of Ramadan. The camp system will definitely be different because of the month of Ramadan. We have prepared for everything,” he said.
Regarding the circumstances of the Malawi match in the fourth round of the qualifiers, after facing the same team in the third round in Cairo.
“The Malawi match will be at three in the afternoon before breakfast, but we are working to prepare ourselves to face all obstacles such as high temperature and rain. We take into account the special programmes for the players and there is constant communication with them. The level of Al-Ahly and Zamalek does not worry me. The national team is a world separate from the clubs. We will live in a different atmosphere,” he said.
Vittoria also said he was closely following the Olympic team, adding that his team list includes 10 players between the ages of 22 and 25, in addition to the existence of a special programme for players under the age of 22.
Meanwhile, Egyptian security authorities have granted approval for 20,000 fans to watch tomorrow’s match.
Early this week, Vitória named a nine-man list of foreign country-based players, led by Liverpool star Mohamed Salah, in his 24-man squad.
The list is without the injured duo of Mohamed Elneny and Mahmoud Trezeguet.