Egypt will start camping next week to prepare for next month’s decisive World Cup playoff clash against Ghana in Kumasi.
The Pharaohs, who are eager to end a 24-year World Cup drought, will on 26 September start their preparations for the crucial first-leg clash against the Black Stars.
The two sides will clash in the first-leg of the playoffs on 13 October in Kumasi to decide who will qualify for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
To give them a competitive advantage, Egypt have decided to start training early to be able to be in top shape for the match.
With many of their players plying their trade in the country and with the league postponed because of the political and social unrest, the Pharaohs will be able to camp without any hindrance.
“Our preparations will start on 26 September in Cairo,” the Pharaohs’ goalkeeping coach Zaki Abdel-Fattah told Ahram Sports.
“We will hold a training camp until 9 October.”
Ghana are unable to camp early because all of their players ply their trade abroad and can only be released by their club seven days before the match as per the FIFA regulations.
Egypt were the only side to collect maximum points in the group stage of the African World Cup qualifiers.
Egypt are eyeing their first World Cup appearance since 1990 while Ghana are seeking to reach the tournament for the third consecutive time, having reached the quarter finals in their last appearance in 2010.