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Hossam El-Badry has chosen 31 players for the Olympic team camp in preparation for the 2015 CAF U-23 Championship and the 2016 Rio Olympics.
Olympic Team coach Hossam El-Badry has released his 31-player selection that will participate in his camp before their friendly match against Bahrain on August 15.
The former Al Ahly manager has set a starting date of July 15, on which 16 of the 31 players will officially join the camp.
The first 16 to join the camp will be:
Hassan Shaheen, Mohammed Salem, and Ahmed El-Orabi (Arab Contractors), Ahmed Fawzi (Al Ahly), Ahmed Samir and Mohamed Abdel-Razek ‘Bazooka’ (Zamalek), Abdelrahman Hassan (Ismaily), Islam Salah (El-Gouna), Youssef Mohamed Bibo (Dakhleya), Mohammed Ashraf and Mohammed Adel (Al Masry), Amr Yehia and Tarek AbdelMaati (Petrojet), Ahmed Refaat (ENPPI), Ahmed Saad (Wadi Degla), and Nasser Ramadan (Nogoom El-Mostakbal).
Five more players will join the team on July 20:
Mahmoud Wahid, Mahmoud Metwally, and Shokry Naguib (Ismaily), Ibrahim Hassan and Hossam Ghaly (Al Ragaa).
Followed by five more on July 24:
Karim Bambo, Amr Warda, Mohamed Hassan Abdel-Hafiz (Al Ahly), Karim Mamdouh (Wadi Degla), and Moustafa Gomaa (Haras El-Hoodod).
Finally, the camp will be rounded out by the rest of the Al Ahly and Zamalek players following the conclusion of their respective African competition campaigns on August 9:
Mossad Awad, Mahmoud Hassan ‘Trezeguet’ (Al Ahly), Yasser Ibrahim, Mostafa Fathy, and Mohamed Abdel-Mageed (Zamalek).
Hossam El-Badry became the coach of the Olympic team after leaving the post of Ahly Tripoli in 2013. He will be trying to lead the Olympic team to a second consecutive Olympic games.
It should be noted that in the 2012 London games, Egypt finished second in their group, behind Brazil. After falling behind 3-0 against Brazil in the first match, Mohamed Abou-Treika and Mohamed Salah scored to give Egypt hope, but the Pharaohs lost 3-2, before drawing New Zealand 1-1, and defeating Belarus 3-1.
In the quarter-finals, an uninspired Egyptian performance saw them succumb to a humbling 3-0 defeat to Japan.
In order to qualify for the 2016 Rio games, El-Badry will have to lead his team to one of the top three positions in the 2015 CAF U-23 Cup, hosted in Democratic Republic of Congo.