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Egypt considers Burkina Faso as training base for Eagles’ clash

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The Pharaohs of Egypt are thinking of camping in Burkina Faso to prepare for their crucial Gabon 2017 African Nations Cup qualifiers against Nigeria in March, next year, according to agency reports.

Egypt will play two friendly games against Burkina Faso as part of their preparations for the double header against Nigeria in March.

The games against Burkina Faso will hold in Cairo on January 24 and 28.

They will also play against either Romania or Uzbekistan in February.

Egypt are top of their AFCON qualifying group with six points from two matches, while Nigeria are second on four points.

Only the group winners will automatically qualify for the 2017 AFCON in Gabon.

The Egyptians will face Nigeria in the Nations Cup qualifiers in Kaduna and Cairo on March 23 and 27 respectively.

Egypt have missed all last three AFCON finals, including the 2013 finals, which Nigeria won in South Africa

The seven-time African champions, tutored by Argentina’s Hector Cuper, are taking the qualifiers for the 2017 AFCON seriously and therefore are looking for ways to ensure their team feel at home when they come to Nigeria.

Although the Pharaohs have not made any concrete statement on their choice of camp site, the report indicates they want to camp in a West African country that has similar weather with Nigeria.

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) in June picked the Ahmadu Bello Stadium in Kaduna State as venue for the qualifier.


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