The Egyptian Football Association (EFA) have announced a partnership with Catapult Sports ahead of the Fifa World Cup national team tournament.
The deal will see the company provide the soccer governing body with 25 sports performance technology ‘PlayerTek’ units, which aim to optimise performance, mitigate injury risk and quantify return to play protocols for the senior national team squad.
Catapult’s PlayerTek system gives coaches a detailed insight into the condition and performance of players by tracking key performance metrics such as distance covered, speed, PlayerLoad, impacts, work ratio and heart rate.
Catapult Sports provides solutions to over 1,500 soccer teams around the world, including the Premier League’s Chelsea and Leicester City, Bundesliga outfits Borussia Dortmund, and Bayer Leverkusen and Major League Soccer (MLS) side LA Galaxy.
Moustafa Ali, Catapult representative, Egypt, said: “As Egypt prepares for its first World Cup in 28 years, the team is making sure that its stars are in the best shape possible ahead of this historic moment. The team’s medical staff have made a great effort to ensure that they have all the latest technologies, and this partnership with Catapult will ensure the team is fully equipped and ready for the challenge.”
Juan José González-Contreras, head of sales at Catapult Sports, added: “Egypt are one of Africa’s leading teams on the international stage. The EFA’s decision to select Catapult highlights their commitment to improving athlete monitoring processes and the wider performance infrastructure at the very highest level. We look forward to following the team’s progress in Russia this summer.”
Egypt star forward, Mo Salah, is reportedly fighting to be fit for the team's first World Cup fixture against Uruguay on 15th June. The 25-year-old went off with a shoulder injury in the first half of Liverpool's 3-1 defeat to Real Madrid in last month's Uefa Champions League final, but is expected to play some part in Egypt's Group A fixture in Russia.