Instead of the Emirates, Egypt hosts a friendly tournament that includes Tunisia, Croatia, and New Zealand | sports

The Egyptian Football Association said on Wednesday that it will host the four-way friendly tournament that was scheduled to be held in the Emirates this March, with the participation of Tunisia, Croatia, and New Zealand.

Egypt is scheduled to play against New Zealand in the semi-final of the friendly tournament on March 22, in coach Hossam Hassan’s first match with the team nicknamed the Pharaohs, with Tunisia playing with Croatia on the same day.

The third place match will be held on March 25, with the final match starting the next day.

The Egyptian Federation said in a statement, “The football federations of Egypt, Croatia, Tunisia, and New Zealand communicated to agree that the friendly tournament would be held in the capital, Cairo, instead of the Emirates, as was previously scheduled.”

On the other hand, Ibrahim Hassan, director of the Egyptian national team, said that preparations will take place in Cairo, and that they will begin today with evening training at Cairo Stadium.

Hossam Hassan, who took over as coach of the national team to succeed Portuguese Rui Vitoria after the early farewell to the African Cup of Nations last January, had chosen a squad consisting of 25 players, which did not include captain Mohamed Salah.

Ibrahim Hassan said that Salah asked not to join the national team squad in the current period, because he wanted to continue his treatment program with his club, Liverpool.

Salah suffered an injury that prevented him from completing the African Cup of Nations with Egypt, and he was absent from his English team for a period, before participating from the bench in the 1-1 draw with Manchester City last Sunday.

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