Mexico requests friendly with Egypt

Mexico vs. Egypt - 1999 FIFA Confederations Cup

Mexico has asked to play a friendly international with Egypt in preparation for the 2018 FIFA World Cup finals.

Egypt FA President Hany Abo Rida confirmed the news in a newspaper report published Thursday.

“We received an offer from the Mexican Football Federation to play a friendly next March, and we are close to finalizing a deal,” Abo Rida said in Egyptian daily Al-Ahram.

“We also have more offers to play friendly games and we will choose the best ones after consulting the technical staff.”

Egypt national team director Ihab Leheta said that preparations for the World Cup finals in Russia are already underway, and that the team will play its friendlies in Europe instead of in Egypt.

“[Egypt national team] coach Héctor Cúper requested to play two friendly games next March with big European teams,” he added.

The last time Egypt took on Mexico was in the 1999 FIFA Confederations Cup.

After going down 0-2 early at the Azteca Stadium in Mexico City, it went from bad to worse for the Pharaohs when they suddenly found themselves down to 10 men after a dubious red card handed to right-back Yasser Radwan.

But an improbable comeback in the final 10 minutes saw goals from legendary midfielder Ahmed Hassan and centerback Samir Kamouna earn the then-African Champions a 2-2 draw.

The Pharaohs kick their World Cup campaign off June 15 against Uruguay, before taking on hosts Russia and finishing the group stage against Saudi Arabia.

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