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Coach Gharib: New faces to join Egypt squad, Salah will have a great future with Chelsea
In a television interview, new Egypt manager Shawky Gharib revealed there will be new faces in the Egypt squad as the team prepares for the 2015 African Cup of Nations, and praises Chelsea’s Mohamed Salah.
Shawky Gharib, who fielded a handful of uncapped players during his debut as head coach earlier this month – in a 2-0 victory over World Cup-bound Bosnia – revealed there will still be new faces to be added to the Egypt national team squad.
The former Egypt U-20 boss has previously stated his interest in calling up 31-year-old Argentine-born striker Ismael Blanco to play for the Pharaohs as they prepare for the 2015 African Cup of Nations qualifiers.
“I will name new faces to join the Egypt squad during the coming friendlies, as they will help the team to continue winning,” Gharib told an Egyptian television channel.
Gharib, who was the Pharaohs’ assistant coach during their three-peat African Cup of Nations triumphs between 2006 and 2010, replaced American coach Bob Bradley in November following Egypt’s failure to reach this year’s World Cup finals in Brazil.
The former Smouha manager is aiming to get the Pharaohs back on track following the retirement of key players from the ‘golden generation’ including Ahmed Hassan, Mohamed Abou-Treika and soon-to-be Wael Gomaa.
“I am working hard to put the national team on the right track and to compete again for the title,” said the new Egypt manager.
“We will be ready for any game, as we are preparing well,” he added.
The Pharaohs will play their first competitive international fixture under Gharib in September – the first round of the 2015 African Cup of Nations qualifiers – and the EFA have also received several offers for pre-World Cup friendlies.
“We will hold our upcoming camp in Chile for ten days next May as we will play friendlies against Chile and one of Colombia, Costa Rica or Ecuador,” Gharib announced.
Gharib also praised the performance of his team’s star Mohamed Salah who scored his first goal with the Blues during their 6-0 win over Arsenal in the English Premier League on Saturday.
“It’s an honour for Egypt’s national team to have a player like Salah in the squad,” Gharib said.
“I expect Salah will have a great future with Chelsea in the English Premier League,” he said.