Egypt U23 national team coach Shawky Gharieb has confirmed that they have sent Liverpool their full Olympic games schedule.
The coach named Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah in his preliminary squad for the global showpiece scheduled to take place in Japan later this year.
The Pharaohs qualified for the 2020 Olympics after their U23 Africa Cup of Nations triumph in 2019, however, due to the emergence of the Covid19 virus, the games were pushed back by a year to 2021.
They finally discovered their group opponents on Wednesday and were handed a tough draw. Gharieb’s troops were put in Group C alongside Spain, Argentina and Australia.
The tournament is set to start on the 22nd of July and Egypt will open their campaign against Spain. The opening game of the event will be between Japan and South Africa who are in group A.
Speaking to On Time Sport TV, Gharieb explained how they will prepare for the competition.
“We are participating in a large international tournament. We have a group that includes the European champion, the South American champion, the African champion and runners up of the Asian Cup.
“We have been preparing the team for a while and played friendly matches with teams on the same level as those teams. We met with the Egyptian FA president Ahmed Megahed to prepare for the next period.
“Certainly, we will play friendly matches before participating in the Olympics, but our condition is that the encounters have to be against nations already qualified for the finals. I have not settled on the team list yet, on May 19 we will hand FIFA a 50-player list.”
All 16 participating countries have a right to include three over-aged players in their final squads and Salah is amongst the favourites to be included in the squad, but Egypt will need to negotiate with Liverpool first.
“Liverpool has been addressed with the entire programme of the Olympic team, the date of our matches, the city in which we will play, and all matters related to the team,” Gharieb explained.
RELATED ARTICLE: Salah named in Egypt’s preliminary Olympic squad
By FARPost reporter