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Egypt reveal plans for World Cup preparation during Ramadan

14:47 SAST 2018/03/15
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With the holy month fast approaching, the Egyptian FA have taken measures to keep the Pharaohs in shape ahead of the global tournament in Russia

Egypt head coach Hector Cuper has confirmed the employment of specialists to help his team during Ramadan that starts in May.

Ramadan, the holy month that requires Muslims to fast from sunrise to sunset, will start on May 15 and end on the first day of the World Cup - June 14.

After the first training camp in Switzerland this month, the north African nation will go to Belgium for their second camp in May.

During the fasting period, the Pharaohs will lock horns with Kuwait on May 25 and Belgium on June 5 in pre-World Cup friendly games..

And Cuper, who was appointed in March 2015, revealed that the Egyptian Football Association and the coaching crew will map out the best way to overcome fasting fatigue and support the players’ religious belief.

"The Egyptian Football Association has hired specialists to help me and the players during the fasting month of Ramadan," Cuper was quoted as saying by BBC Sport.

"We will organise and monitor their eating and sleeping and hope that this will not affect them badly.

"It may be a problem to the coaches because the players will stop eating from sunrise until sunset, so it will not be easy during training but that is to do with the religion and I can't prevent them from observing Ramadan."

Egypt qualified for the World Cup for the first time since 1990 after topping their qualification group that featured Ghana, Congo and Uganda.

In preparation for their return to the global stage, the seven-time Africa Cup of Nations champions will take on Portugal and Greece on March 23 and 27 respectively.

"We will play two friendly matches, and one of them is against Portugal and Cristiano Ronaldo. As far as preparations go, that is very good for us."