CAIRO: The Egyptian national football team will fly to Dar es Salaam Tuesday ahead of the anticipated clash against Tanzania in the final round of the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifiers scheduled for June 4, Youm7 reported.
On Friday, Pharaohs manager Hector Cuper announced his 25-man squad for the encounter. Before traveling to Tanzania, the team’s training sessions were held at the El-Hadaf football pitches in the 6 October City, south of Cairo.
The match will take place on Saturday at the National Stadium in Dar Es Salaam with a capacity of 60,000 fans.
The seven-time African champions need to avoid a 4-0 defeat in order to officially seal their qualification to the AFCON, scheduled to take place in Gabon January 2017. However defeating Tanzania is crucial for Egypt’s FIFA ranking in order to guarantee a favorable draw for the 2018 World Cup CAF qualifying groups.
In the first leg of the match that took place in Cairo in June 2015, the Pharaohs secured a 3-0 win.
The Pharaohs are leading group G with seven points, five ahead of second-placed Nigeria and six clear of third-placed Tanzania.