A senior Egyptian soccer official has ruled out the possibility of Egypt's national team playing a friendly match in Israel.
Army Radio reported on Friday that Ehab Leheta, a board member of the Egypt Football Association, shot down an invitation from Israel's ambassador to Cairo, Haim Koren.
In an interview with Egyptian media on Thursday, Koren said that Egypt's national squad was welcome to play a friendly match against the Israeli team in Israel.
Once Israel's largest and fiercest enemy, Egypt signed a peace treaty with Jerusalem in 1979, formally ending their state of war. Nonetheless, normalized relations with Israel is frowned upon in Egypt.