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Seven Pharaohs Abroad called up for Ghana play-off – Elmo dropped

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Posted on November 5, 2013

has called up seven foreign-based players ahead of ’s World Cup qualifying play-off against Ghana this month, excluding Hull’s Elmohamady.

Led by American coach Bob Bradley, the Egyptian national team are set to begin a training camp on 11 November ahead of the second leg of the play-off against Ghana on 19 November. However, the Pharaohs coach has excluded Hull City’s – the only Egyptian who features regularly in one of Europe’s top five leagues.

Elmohamady was harshly penalised for a handball that gifted Tottenham a 1-0 win in the Premier League and then missed the decisive spot-kick in Hull’s Capital One Cup penalty shoot-out defeat at White Hart Lane, but his exclusion is highly unlikely due to club form. The right wing-back had a nightmare in Kumasi after coming on as a substitute in the first half, and was directly at fault for at least one of the goals conceded.

Meanwhile, Elmo’s Hull City team-mate Gedo, who did not play in the first leg for Egypt but featured against Spurs in the Capital One Cup, was re-called to the squad.

Pharaohs coach Bob Bradley expressed his satisfaction with the team’s preparation schedule, which includes a friendly game against Zambia on 14 November, ahead of the return leg which is set to be played at the Air Defense Stadium in Cairo, which was cleared by FIFA to host the match, despite the GFA’s request for it to be moved to a neutral venue due to safety concerns.

Ghana have decided to train in Turkey ahead of the reverse qualifier against Egypt, and are expected to arrive in Cairo on November 18, which is only 24 hours before the match is to be played at the Air Defense Stadium.

Kwasi Appiah’s 24-man squad – who have one foot in Brazil after handing the Pharaohs one of their worst defeats in history – is entirely foreign-based, with only seven players not plying their trade in Europe.

Bob Bradley will likely lead the Egyptian national team for the last time in Cairo, unless the Pharaohs can pull off a miracle to turnaround a 6-1 scoreline which thrashed them in the first leg of the World Cup play-off tie in Kumasi on October 15.

Pharaohs Abroad:

Midfielders: Mohamed El-Nenny (FC Basel, Switzerland), Ibrahim Salah (Al Orouba, Saudi Arabia), Hossam Ghaly (Lierse, Belgium), Mahmoud Abdel-Moneim ‘Kahraba’ (FC Luzern, Switzerland)

Forwards: Mohamed Nagy ‘Gedo’ (Hull City, England), Mohamed Salah (FC Basel, Switzerland), Amr Zaki (Al-Salmiya, Kuwait).

4 Comments

  1. KWAME NKRUMAH

    November 5, 2013 at 10:33 AM

    GFA is working tooth and nail to avoid playing in CAIRO..GFA will be watching El Ahly and the Sundowns of South AFRICA closely to monitor wassup will be the SECURITY of the Egyptians SECURITY services could provide Ghana playing in CAIRO on the same stadium as the BS on the 19th the big one with the Pharaohs..Erm!! Ghana at the moment is going to take the African Champions League return match as an xample to notice if, I repeat (IF) Melmoledi Soundowns scores the first goal or wins the match wat will be the reactions of Al Ahlys suporters on the pitch.. Ghana wil be convienced to play in a neutral ground or play the return in CAIRO …MORSI is on trial at the MOMENT and Egypt IS NOT SAVE..Lets waits and see what GFA wil give Ghanians whether to play in Egypt, taking South African Melmoledi Sundowns as a Guinea pigs or xcape goats to justifies Ghanas inclution to play in Egypt on the return match on the 10th of this month. GFA is doing anything necessary to avoid confrontations with FIFA and EFA to avoid any inconvieniences that might cause a lost of lifes, either Egyptian life or Melmoledi Sundowns likewise Ghanian lifes ,as MORSI is begining his trial..

  2. Ali

    November 5, 2013 at 11:26 AM

    Bradley has not learned from the 6-1 loss…… at all. Ahmed Samir Farag just scored and is in great form for Lierse, Ghazal is playing great for Nacional (despite his red card on Sunday), Elmohamedy just got Man of the Match for Hull against Sunderland and is playing great!!!! Yeah he had a bad game vs. Ghana but it was one game! Just like El-Abd against Guinea and everyone gave him crap for one bad game and he’s a terrific center-back!! And where is Koka and El-Hadary!? I thought these people would all be in the squad… but no. Looks like another domestic-player based squad again. The Egyptian players who play against Tanta and Cotonsport play against the Ghanians who play against Real Madrid, Barcelona, and Chelsea. Not impressed with Bradley’s selection (so far) but I hope he knows what he’s doing.

    • Omar Mac

      November 6, 2013 at 5:25 AM

      True and to be honest everybody had a bad game! so if he was to take the players off based on their performance we’d have a new team altogether. Im so so disappointed that koka hasn’t got a call up though. Being optimistic is alright i guess:L

  3. GHANSON

    November 6, 2013 at 5:02 PM

    They still cant beat GHANA.

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