Heavy rain cuts short Egypt training

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KUMASI: The national football team on Wednesday evening cut short training ahead of their 2008 Africa Cup of Nations semi-final against Ivory Coast as a result of rain.

Both players and officials scampered for cover when the rain began with very little warning and a little accident was avoided when a makeshift canopy by the sideline was felled by the heavy wind that accompanied the showers.

The team resumed training at the Opuku Ware training ground about 10 minutes later but rounded up almost immediately. The entire training lasted about 45 minutes.

Injury doubt Mohamed Zidan trained with the rest of the team to raise hopes he will be available for selection Thursday.

The Hamburg SV star has been nursing an ankle complaint he received just before the quarter-final against Angola here on Monday.

Egypt foes on Thursday, Ivory Coast, trained later Wednesday at the Baba Yara Stadium. It was their first feel of the pitch at the match venue. – AFP

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