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El-Hadary included as Gharib announces squad for upcoming Bosnia friendly
The friendly is the beginning of a new era for the Pharaohs, with it marking the debut of manager Shawky Gharib, who took over from American Bob Bradley after the disappointment of failing to make yet another World Cup back in November of last year. Gharib, who will be looking to make an instant impact, previously announced six foreign based players that were to be included in the squad, whilst announcing the locally based players on Wednesday morning.
Zamalek players have been excluded from the friendly, with prior commitments having been made due to upcoming CAF Champions League crunch matches for a place in the last sixteen. There were some surprises though, with the recall of national team icon Essam El-Hadary, after a year out of the national team after a bust up with the previous manager. The experienced shot-stopper, now plying his trade at Wadi Degla, will face stern competition for a starting berth from established starter Sherif Ekramy after some brilliant performances in previous international fixtures.
On fire Al Ahly youngster Amr Gamal has also been selected in the squad after some scintillating performances, the latest a two goal haul in the CAF Super Cup against Sfaxien of Tunisia. The Pharaohs will be using the game as preparation for the upcoming 2015 CAF African Cup of Nations Qualifiers, aiming to break their way back into the competition after not making the last two editions.
Egypt’s squad for the Bosnia clash:
Goalkeepers: Essam El-Hadary (Wadi Degla), Sherif Ekramy (Al Ahly) and Ahmed El-Shenawy (Al Masry)
Defenders: Ali Ghazal (Nacional de Madeira – Portugal), Rami Rabia and Ahmed Fathi (Al Ahly), Shawky El-Said (Ismaily), Ahmed Said ‘Okka’ (Smouha) and Ahmed Elmohamady (Hull City)
Midfielders: Mohamed El-Nenny (Basel – Switzerland), Hossam Ghaly (Lierse – Belgium), Ibrahim Hassan (Ismaily), Saleh Gomaa (Nacional de Madeira – Portugal), Tarek Hamed (Smouha), Ahmed Hamoudi and Ibrahim Abdel-Khalek (Smouha)
Forwards: Mohamed Nagy ‘Gedo’ and Amr Gamal (Ahly), Mohamed Farouk (Arab Contractors), Mohamed Salah (Chelsea – England), Khaled Kamar (Ittihad El-Shorta) and Mohamed Ragab (Petrojet)