Johannesburg - Egypt have withdrawn from the 2015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
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
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
Football matches in the multi-sport Games are scheduled from September 6 to
18, while the other group comprises Congo Brazzaville, Sudan, Zimbabwe and