CAIRO: Egypt had to pull out of next month s friendly with Germany as they face Tanzania on Nov. 5.
The Egyptian Football Association (EFA) reached an agreement with its German counterpart to cancel the game due to the African champions World Cup qualifying commitments.
Given these circumstances, there simply were too many uncertainties involved in the planning of the match in Gelsenkirchen, DFB general secretary Wolfgang Niersbach said.
So we have decided to seek a friendly agreement with the Egyptian Association and arrange another opponent for this date.
The three-time world champions will now face Ivory Coast on Nov. 18.
In the same context, Egypt will host Tanzania on Nov. 5, in preparation for the decisive qualifier with Algeria nine days later.
We have decided to play Tanzania on Nov. 5, that’s our best option, Egypt assistant coach Shawki Gharib told Modern Sport TV.
The game is not included in the FIFA international agenda, that’s why we have chosen a team with no players abroad.