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Bradley announces Egypt squad for World Cup play-off with Ghana

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Posted on October 6, 2013

Egypt National Team XI

has named his 26-man squad ahead of ’s upcoming play-off against Ghana.

Bradley has trimmed his provisional squad on Sunday ahead of the Pharaohs trip to Kumasi, with the likes of Adam El-Abd, Ahmed Hassan ‘Koka’ and Mohamed Ibrahim missing out of the final cut.

Along with El-Abd, Ahmed Said ‘Okka’ was also left out of the final squad, meaning the Pharaohs’ only back-up to the centre-back combo of Wael Gomaa and Mohamed Naguib is Egypt U-20 captain Rami Rabia.

Hazem Emam was a surprise inclusion as he was initially only call-up as a precaution when Ahmed Fathi took a knock in camp, but the Zamelek right wing-back convinced the technical staff of his abilities after scoring once and assisting twice in two friendlies against Uganda this week.

The first leg between the Black Stars of Ghana and the Pharaohs of Egypt will be played on Tuesday 15th October at the Baba Yara Stadium in Kumasi while the return leg will be held among the presence of fans at Cairo’s Air Defense Stadium on November 19.

The Pharaohs are eyeing their first World Cup appearance since 1990 while Ghana are seeking to reach the tournament for the third consecutive time, having reached the quarter finals in their last appearance in 2010.

SQUAD:

Goalkeepers: Sherif Ekramy (Al-Ahly), Mohamed Sobhy (Ismaily), Ahmed El-Shennawy (Al-Masry)

Defenders: Ahmed Fathi, Wael Gomaa, Sayed Moawad, Mohamed Naguib, Rami Rabia, Ahmed Shedid (Al-Ahly), Ahmed Elmohamady (Hull City, England), Mohamed Abdel-Shafy, Hazem Emam ()

Midfielders: Mohamed Abou-Treika, Hossam Ashour, Abdallah El-Said, Walid Soliman (Al-Ahly), Mohamed El-Nenny (, Switzerland), Amr El-Sulaya, Hosni Abd-Rabo (Ismaily), Hossam Ghaly (Lierse, Belgium), Mahmoud Abdel-Moneim ‘’ (FC Luzern, Switzerland), Shikabala (Zamalek)

Forwards: Mohamed Salah (Basel, Switzerland), Mohamed “Gedo” Nagy (Hull City, England), Amr Zaki (Al-Salmiya, Kuwait), Ahmed Eid (Zamalek)

10 Comments

  1. ДĦḾỂÐ Elkosh

    October 6, 2013 at 2:05 PM

    Sherif Ekramy, Wael Gomaa, Mohamed Naguib .Ahmed Fathi.Sayed Moawad, Ahmed Elmohamady. Hossam Ashour. Hossam Ghaly. Mohamed Abou-Treika,Mohamed SalahMohamed “Gedo” Nagy …
    😀

  2. mohamed

    October 6, 2013 at 3:09 PM

    i hope they update the fifa 14 roster to this squad!!!!!!!

  3. Gihad El-Metnawi

    October 6, 2013 at 3:19 PM

    Mohamed Ibrahim would be better than El-Suleya. And Koka instead of Eid or Zaki.

    • Andrew Sidhom (@AndrewEGY)

      October 6, 2013 at 10:17 PM

      I agree about Koka but in the place of Abdel Shafy who I don’t think is needed at this time. Zaki, even if not at 100% of his abilities can be used as a sub and score by experience. Eid is certainly hit-and-miss, but some of those “hits” are killers so I’d also keep him on the bench personally.

  4. Karim

    October 6, 2013 at 6:41 PM

    Thank god el-abd was cut!!!

    • Andrew Sidhom (@AndrewEGY)

      October 6, 2013 at 10:07 PM

      Well he’s completely out of form now so it’s only logical that he gets cut from such a crucial match. Guinea was as good a match as any to have a good look at him and to give him playing time and experience on our lovely African pitches at a time when we didn’t need any result. I think Bradley knows what he’s doing and the fact that Adam’s not up to it right now was just made clearer for both staff and fans against Guinea, but let’s not burn the guy alive. He’s shown willingness and commitment unlike a couple of foreign-based players in the past, and he’s certainly been solid at times with Brighton last season. He’s not very skilled with the ball but from what I’ve seen, he has a better sense of positioning & covering than many of our local defenders!

  5. ali

    October 6, 2013 at 6:47 PM

    I’ve got mixed emotions about this, I’m a bit disappointed that Koka wasn’t included as well as ahmed samir but this is also a good talented team.

  6. El Pharao

    October 7, 2013 at 9:35 AM

    It’s a good squad. I think BB will add some more players after the game in Ghana.

  7. Ghanaboy

    October 14, 2013 at 1:50 PM

    Ghana 3 0 egypt…… I am telling u so that it will not be a surprise tommorrow

    • The Pharaohs will shine out the black stars

      October 15, 2013 at 6:39 AM

      naaaaaaaaaa !

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