Egypt out of All-Africa Games

2015-08-27 14:32

Johannesburg - Egypt have withdrawn from the 2015 All-Africa Games tournament in Congo Brazzaville during September, the African Football Confederation (CAF) confirmed on Thursday.

A CAF statement gave no reason for the decision, but Cairo media reports said coach Hossam El Badry was not prepared to compete with a severely weakened squad.

The All-Africa Games tournament is restricted to under-23 footballers and the star of the team, midfielder Kahraba, was among those who would not have been available.

He will be needed by the senior national team for a Cup of Nations qualifier in Chad on September 6 and by Zamalek for a CAF Confederation Cup game against Orlando Pirates a week later.

Egypt defeated Kenya and Burundi in All-Africa Games qualifiers with Kahraba - real name Mahmoud Abdel Moneim Abdel Hamid - the four-goal leading scorer in the preliminary competition.

The withdrawal of the two-time champions has reduced Group B to three teams: title-holders Ghana, Nigeria and Senegal, as Burundi turned down an offer to replace Egypt.

Football matches in the multi-sport Games are scheduled from September 6 to 18, while the other group comprises Congo Brazzaville, Sudan, Zimbabwe and Burkina Faso.

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