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CAIRO, June 18, 2018 (MENA) - Deputy CEO of the General Authority for Investment and Free Zones (GAFI) Mohamed Abdel Wahab inaugurated on behalf of Investment and International Cooperation Minister Sahr Nasr Monday Egypt's pavilion in the Fan Zone in Russia's St. Petersburg.

The Fan Zone, which aims at showcasing Egypt's investment plan, comes within the framework of Egypt-Discover and Invest Campaign inked with the International Federation of Association Football (FIFA) to be the official regional and African sponsor for the World Cup 2018 organized in Russia.

The campaign targets promoting Egypt as a destination for global investment and attracting more tourists to the country from all over the world.

Nasr underlined that Egypt promotes for its investment opportunities during this important international event.

MOSCOW, June 18, 2018 (MENA) - The Egyptian embassy in Moscow said on Monday that it has allocated in cooperation with Presentation Sport company a "Fan Zone" in St. Petersburg for the Egyptian football fans to watch the World Cup games.

In a statement, the embassy asserted that Egyptian folkloric shows are organized in the Fan Zone which runs from 12:00 pm till 12:00 am over the days of the tournament.

The Fan Zone is located in "‏Filologicheskiy Pereulok, 1, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia, 199034", the statement read.

ST. PETERSBURG, June 18, 2018 (News Wires) - Egypt's Mohamed Salah is a looming obstacle as Russia attempt to virtually secure their place in the knockout stages of the World Cup in Saint Petersburg on Tuesday at 8:00pm Cairo Local Time.

Fears that poor performances from the home side could dampen enthusiasm in the host nation were blown away by a 5-0 demolition of Saudi Arabia in the opening game.

The seven-time African champions will pose a much tougher task, but a lot will depend upon Salah's fitness.

Liverpool star Salah has not featured since leaving the field in tears early in the Champions League final just over three weeks ago after landing heavily on his left shoulder and had to watch from the bench as Egypt lost 1-0 to Uruguay in their opening game.

Salah has been declared 100 percent fit by Egypt's team doctor and his agent, leaving little doubt he will be thrown back into action in the Pharaohs' hour of need.

However, as he returned to training Saturday, Salah was seen at Egypt's training camp in Grozny needing help from teammates to lift a training top over his head.

"Salah participated in training with his teammates for the entire session and he is ready to play against Russia according to technical staff," Egypt's team manager Ihab Leheta told FIFA.com.

Egypt coach Hector Cuper's decision not to risk Salah against Uruguay may have been influenced by the fact his side held out for 89 minutes before conceding to Jose Gimenez, by which time the Argentine had made all three of his substitutions.

"Russia's game is fateful and difficult because of our defeat against Uruguay," said Leheta. "Winning is our only choice".

If fully fit, the sight of Salah, who scored 44 goals in a remarkable debut season at Liverpool, will strike fear into the Russians.

Concerns Russia could become just the second host nation to bow out of the World Cup at the group stage after a seven-game winless run ahead of the tournament have been alleviated by a perfect start.

With Uruguay favourites to top the group, though, Russia are keen not to have to rely on getting something from their final group game against the two-time former world champions.

"The second game will be our most important one in the group stage," said Russia's deputy prime minister and former football federation president Vitaly Mutko after attending Russia's training session on Sunday.

A close ally of President Vladimir Putin, Mutko oversaw preparations for the tournament at a cost of more than $13 billion.

"In the first match, everyone saw how much the players cared. If we play up to our level, I don't see any problems."

Denis Cheryshev was Russia's hero against Saudi Arabia as he came off the bench to score twice.

And the Villarreal winger accepted it will be a more "interesting" clash if Salah is fit.

"If he's not there, does that mean our task becomes easy? Not at all," he told FIFA.com "If he plays, it will be hard but more interesting. He's one of the best and you always want to compete with the best and win."

Russia will be without one of their key players, with Alan Dzagoev expected to miss the rest of the tournament with a hamstring injury.

Tuesday's matches all times Cairo Local Time:
2:00pm         Colombia     vs      Japan    
5:00pm         Poland        vs      Senegal    
8:00pm         Egypt          vs      Russia   

ST PETERSBURG, June 18, 2018 (News Wires) - Egypt's Mohamed Salah is a looming obstacle as Russia attempt to virtually secure their place in the knockout stages of the World Cup in Saint Petersburg on Tuesday.

Fears that poor performances from the home side could dampen enthusiasm in the host nation were blown away by a 5-0 demolition of Saudi Arabia in the opening game.

The seven-time African champions will pose a much tougher task, but a lot will depend upon Salah's fitness.

Liverpool star Salah has not featured since leaving the field in tears early in the Champions League final just over three weeks ago after landing heavily on his left shoulder and had to watch from the bench as Egypt lost 1-0 to Uruguay in their opening game.

Salah has been declared 100 percent fit by Egypt's team doctor and his agent, leaving little doubt he will be thrown back into action in the Pharaohs' hour of need.

However, as he returned to training on Saturday, Salah was seen by AFP reporters at Egypt's training camp in Grozny needing help from teammates to lift a training top over his head.

"Salah participated in training with his teammates for the entire session and he is ready to play against Russia according to technical staff," Egypt's team manager Ihab Leheta told FIFA.com.

Egypt coach Hector Cuper's decision not to risk Salah against Uruguay may have been influenced by the fact his side held out for 89 minutes before conceding to Jose Gimenez, by which time the Argentine had made all three of his substitutions.

"Russia's game is fateful and difficult because of our defeat against Uruguay," said Leheta. "Winning is our only choice".

Most important game

If fully fit, the sight of Salah, who scored 44 goals in a remarkable debut season at Liverpool, will strike fear into the Russians.

Concerns Russia could become just the second host nation to bow out of the World Cup at the group stage after a seven-game winless run ahead of the tournament have been alleviated by a perfect start.

With Uruguay favourites to top the group, though, Russia are keen not to have to rely on getting something from their final group game against the two-time former world champions.

"The second game will be our most important one in the group stage," said Russia's deputy prime minister and former football federation president Vitaly Mutko after attending Russia's training session on Sunday.

A close ally of President Vladimir Putin, Mutko oversaw preparations for the tournament at a cost of more than $13 billion.

"In the first match, everyone saw how much the players cared. If we play up to our level, I don't see any problems."

Denis Cheryshev was Russia's hero against Saudi Arabia as he came off the bench to score twice.

And the Villarreal winger accepted it will be a more "interesting" clash if Salah is fit.

"If he's not there, does that mean our task becomes easy? Not at all," he told FIFA.com "If he plays, it will be hard but more interesting. He's one of the best and you always want to compete with the best and win."

Russia will be without one of their key players, with Alan Dzagoev expected to miss the rest of the tournament with a hamstring injury.

 

CAIRO, June 18, 2018 (MENA) - Egypt's Ambassador to Russia Ehab Talaat Nasr met with Mohamed Nufal, aka Ibn Nufal, who traveled from Cairo to Moscow by his bike to support the Egyptian national football team in its first World Cup appearance in 28 years.

The Egyptian Embassy in Moscow had followed Ibn Nufal's journey in cooperation with the Egyptian missions in the countries by which he passed, added a statement by the Ministry of Foreign Ministry late Sunday.

During the meeting, Nasr talked with the Egyptian biker about his preparations for the 5000-km journey, problems he faced and lessons learned.

Nufal thanked the ministry and its missions for warm reception and easing the obstacles.

GROZNY, June 17, 2018 (MENA) - Egypt's national football team will not focus on the performance of referees during the Pharaoh's match against Russia in the World Cup on Tuesday, the managing director of the Egyptian Football Association Ehab Lehita said on Sunday.

Speaking to reporters, Lehita said Egypt's players and coaching team do not believe that the referees would be biased in favor of the hosting nation of Russia during Tuesday's match.

The players will try to defeat Russia to secure a place in the round of 16 after losing to Uruguay in the first round, he added.

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