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Senegal-Egypt World Cup playoff delayed by 24 hours



Senegal s defender Kalidou Koulibaly (L) fights for the ball with Egypt s forward Mohamed Salah during the AFCON 2021 final football match in Yaounde on Feb. 6, 2022 (AFP)

The match was due to take place on Monday, 28 March. It will now take place on 29 March instead.

Egypt’s clash away to Senegal in the second leg of their World Cup qualifying playoff was delayed by 24 hours upon the visitors’ request, the Egyptian Football Association (EFA) said on Friday.

“The Confederation of African Football (CAF) agreed to the request submitted by the Egyptian Football Association to delay the date of the return match against Senegal by 24 hours,” the EFA said in a brief statement.

The EFA previously voiced reservations over what it called the short interval between the first and second legs.

Egypt, who are seeking to qualify for the World Cup for the fourth time in their history, host Senegal in Cairo in the first leg on Friday, 25 March.


Both sides also clashed in the African Nations Cup final earlier this month, which Senegal won on penalties following a 0-0 draw.

Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and Africa's most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022. He was honoured at the Qatar 2022 World Cup by FIFA and AIPS.

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