Why Egypt’s top goalkeeper withdrew from friendly with Nigeria

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A top goalkeeper of the Pharaohs of Egypt, Amer Amer has withdrawn from the international friendly match between his national team and Nigeria.

The Entag El-Harby goalie, who was a late call up by coach Javier Aguire to the Pharaohs, withdrew from game due to an injury he suffered during a training session at the Borg El-Arab Stadium on Tuesday with 18 players in attendance.

32-year-old Amer was actually in line to make his international debut after his exceptional performances for Entag El-Harby this season.

He becomes the second goalkeeper to miss the March internationals through injury after Al Wehda’s Mohamed Awad, who sustained a calf injury while playing for his club last month.

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The clash between the Super Eagles and Egypt is more of a warm up game as both teams already qualified for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) billed to hold in June.

While the Eagles will be playing Seychelles this Friday, Egypt will be over the weekend playing a dead-rubber AFCON qualifier in Niger.

Meanwhile, Liverpool forward, Mohamed Salah had already withdrawn from the encounter in Asaba, Delta State.

The friendly match is billed to take place on Tuesday.

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