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Young Pharaohs coach Rabie Yassin names provisional squad for U-20 World Cup
Egypt, who head to next month’s U-20 World Cup in Turkey as champions of Africa for the first time since 2003, have named their provisional squad which will be cut down to 21 players ahead of the tournament.
Egypt U-20 captain Rami Rabia is currently recovering from surgery after sustaining a knee injury earlier this month, but the Ahly centre-back has been named in the squad as he is expected to be fit for next month’s World Cup. Scouts from top European clubs are expected to keep watch on Rabia in Turkey, and Sky Sports have recently added Manchester United and Chelsea to the list of suitors.
ENPPI’s Saleh Gomaa will likely be the heart of Egypt’s midfield after winning the MVP at the 2013 African Youth Championship. Gomaa has since impressed on trials with Anderlecht and Champions League finalists Borussia Dortmund.
Once again Rabie Yassin, who led Egypt to winning the 2013 African Youth Championship in Algeria, only chose two European-based Pharaohs in PSV’s Egyptian-Danish attacking midfielder Alexander Jakobsen (known as Amir Adel in Egypt) and Rio Ave’s Ahmed ‘Koka’ Hassan, who has scored eight league goals in his debut season in Portugal this year.
France-born Abdallah Yaisien, who told KingFut.com he dreams of representing Egypt, wasn’t included in the squad after falling out with coach Rabie Yassin over missing the U-20 African Championship in March.
Hoffenheim’s Germany U18 centre-back Rhami-Jasin Ghandour also was not included following controversy over the completion of his paperwork in Egypt. Son to an Egyptian father, Rhami was on the verge of completing his international switch to Egypt prior to the 2013 AYC, but despite training with the Egypt U-20 team and taking part in friendlies, his paperwork was left unfinished and is now likely to continue with the Germany youth national teams.
Egypt are expected to travel to Spain for a 10-day camp on Friday where they will play Romania, Montenegro and Uzbekistan on June 2, 5 and 8 respectively. They will then take on Brazil and New Zealand on June 12 and 17 before heading to Turkey.
The Young Pharaohs will join Chile, England and Iraq in Group E of the U-20 World Cup that will run from June 21 to July 13 in Turkey.
Goalkeepers: Mossad Awad (Ismaily), Mahmoud Hamdy (Zamalek), Hassan Mahmoud (Arab Contractors).
Defenders: Ibrahim Hassan, Rami Rabia (Ahly), Ossama Ibrahim, Mahmoud Wahid (ENPPI), Mahmoud Metwaly (Ismaily), Yasser Ibrahim (Mansoura), Ibrahim El-Hadad (Wadi Degla).
Midfielders: Hossam Ghaly, Mohamed El-Shammy, Mahmoud Hassan ‘Trezeguet’ (Ahly), Ahmed Samir (Dakhleya), Mahmoud ‘Kahraba’ Abdel-Moneam, Saleh Gomaa, Ahmed Refaat, Mahmoud Sabry (ENPPI), Mahmoud Hamad, Mohamed Sherif (Ismaily), Amir Adel ‘Alexander Jakobsen’ (PSV, Netherlands).
Strikers: Ahmed ‘Koka’ Hassan (Rio Ave, Portugal), Amr Warda, Omar Bassam (Ahly).
Shady Eskander and Hammad Hassan were also named in the squad.