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Bradley announces Egypt squad for crucial Mali friendly
Egypt coach Bob Bradley has announced a diverse 26-man squad for the international friendly against Mali on August 14, as four U-20 stars and nine foreign-based players were named.
Ahmed Samir Farag and Hossam Ghaly, who both now play for Egyptian-owned Lierse in Belgium, were recalled for the upcoming friendly against Mali – which was supposed to take place in Morocco until the EFA have announced it will be held in El-Gouna Stadium instead – after the duo recovered from cruciate ligament injuries suffered last year.
Four starlets from the Egypt U-20 national team, who failed to qualify past the group stage at the World Cup in Turkey, were also chosen in Bradley’s squad: Ahmed Hassan ‘Koka’, Rami Rabia, Ahmed Samir and goalkeeper Mossad Awad.
Although just a friendly, this game could be crucial for Egypt’s World Cup qualifying campaign. A win against Mali, who are 28th in FIFA Rankings, would give Egypt a tremendous opportunity to reach Pot 1 in the final round of qualifying, to avoid a number of African giants, ahead of their last World Cup qualifier against Guinea in September.
Defenders: Ahmed Fathi, Wael Gomaa, Rami Rabia, Ahmed Shedid (Al Ahly), Adam El-Abd (Brighton, England), Ahmed Samir (El-Dakhleya), Ahmed Hegazy (Fiorentina, Italy), Ahmed Elmohamady (Hull City, England), Ahmed Samir Farag (Lierse, Belgium), Mohamed Abdel-Shafy (Zamalek)
Midfielders: Mohamed Abou-Treika, Hossam Ashour (Al Ahly), Mohamed El-Nenny (FC Basel, Switzerland), Hossam Ghaly (Lierse, Belgium), Amr El-Sulaya (Ismaily), Ibrahim Salah (Al-Oruba, Saudi Arabia), Ahmed Hamoudi (Smouha), Ahmed Eid, Omar Gaber, Mohamed Ibrahim (Zamalek)
Forwards: Mohamed Salah (FC Basel, Switzerland), Ahmed Hassan ‘Koka’ (Rio Ave, Portugal)