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Bradley announces Egypt squad for World Cup play-off with Ghana
Bob Bradley has named his 26-man squad ahead of Egypt’s upcoming World Cup qualifying 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.
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 (Zamalek)
Midfielders: Mohamed Abou-Treika, Hossam Ashour, Abdallah El-Said, Walid Soliman (Al-Ahly), Mohamed El-Nenny (Basel, Switzerland), Amr El-Sulaya, Hosni Abd-Rabo (Ismaily), Hossam Ghaly (Lierse, Belgium), Mahmoud Abdel-Moneim ‘Kahraba’ (FC Luzern, Switzerland), Shikabala (Zamalek)
Forwards: Mohamed Salah (Basel, Switzerland), Mohamed “Gedo” Nagy (Hull City, England), Amr Zaki (Al-Salmiya, Kuwait), Ahmed Eid (Zamalek)