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Gharib calls up 11 Pharaohs Abroad ahead of Senegal, Tunisia qualifiers

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Posted on August 18, 2014

ShikabalaEleven Pharaohs abroad were called up by national team coach for Egypt’s upcoming Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers against and .

After having a successful pre-season campaign and claiming two friendly trophies, Shikabala was called up by Shawky Gharib ahead of the Pharaohs’ opening 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers against Senegal and Tunisia early next month.

The left-footed Egyptian playmaker’s international performances have not been on the same level as they’ve been for his clubs throughout this career. Shikabala’s new Sporting Lisbon team-mate Rami Rabia will also be representing his country in the upcoming qualifiers. Recognised as Gomaa’s heir, a lot is expected of the 21-year-old in Egypt’s back line.

Madeira’s duo Aly Ghazal and Saleh Gomaa are also expected to feature against both African sides. Both of them proved pivotal for the Portuguese club last season, in which they qualified to the Europa League with a fifth place finish in the Primeira Liga. Gomaa has since been awarded the number 10 shirt and Ghazal being under the radar of big clubs such as FC Porto. Finally, Rio Ave’s forward Ahmed Hassan ‘Koka’ is the fifth Egyptian called up from Portugal.

Moving on from Portugal to Switzerland, three Egyptians were asked to join the squad. Those include Zürich’s , who has had a bumpy start to his season since joining on loan from ENPPI, Basel’s regular starter in midfield Mohamed El-Nenny and his new team-mate Ahmed Hamoudi, who is tipped to be the Swiss side’s “New Salah”.

Scorer of Hull City’s first-ever European goal and the English Premier League’s player with the most crosses from open play last season, Ahmed Elmohamady, was also called up along with Chelsea’s . Elmohamady – like Shikabala – is not exactly a fan favourite among the national side’s supporters. His performances haven’t been quite on the level expected of Hull City’s Player of the Year during the 2012/2013 campaign.

After recovering from two serious injuries, Fiorentina’s centre-back, Ahmed Hegazy, will be included in the squad and is expected to feature alongside Rabia in both matches.

The national side will gather on the 25th of Auguat in Aswan for their training camp, however, all 11 Pharaohs playing abroad will join them on the 30th of August.

Egypt are to face Senegal on the 5th of September followed by Tunisia on the 10th.

6 Comments

  1. Andrew Sidhom

    August 18, 2014 at 8:14 PM

    Good choices. Finally, Kahraba and Koka are offered a chance. I think Gharib was mistaken not to use them sooner.

  2. The electric lad, Kahraba!

    August 19, 2014 at 6:05 AM

    IMO Kahraba is the Pharaoh’s next big thing, this boy really has a great potential and talent. The people will love him with our NT same as they loved the talented Mohamed Zidan style of play.

    I also disagree with the writer here on saying that Shikabala and Elmo are both in the same pot of not being fan favorites. Actually Shika has a ‘huge’ zamalek’s fan base whom even occupy SPL pages, but Elmohamady’s case is totally different as he was Hull’s top player of the season and then played like shit with the Pharaohs ( Egy-Ghana ‘s 1st leg was disastrous).

    • Andrew Sidhom

      August 19, 2014 at 1:35 PM

      Shikabala may well have a big Zamalek fanbase but his performance in BOTH Ghana games was atrocious. Compared to him, Elmo played like a world star!

      • The electric lad, Kahraba!

        August 20, 2014 at 4:44 AM

        Bro, Shika wasn’t offered the same amount of games/minutes compared to Elmo at the qualifiers! Even since coach Hassan Shehata times, Shika was never a first choice. My point is (and you know this well), that local fans here hate Elmo for not showing any potential while playing for Egypt. Elmo was hull’s player of the season, yet we didn’t see this throughout the WC qualifiers. For me him and Naguib did a disastrous job and we got raped not because our attack but rather for a shaky hilarious defence!

        I am against any abusive behavior from Egypt’s fans on Elmo’s facebook page though, but he should man up while playing for his home.

        • Andrew Sidhom

          August 20, 2014 at 2:34 PM

          Shika wasn’t offered the same amount of time, yes, but he still played the whole game against Guinea, and then a whole 45 minutes against Ghana away and almost 45 minutes in the return leg. It’s a decent amount of time. He played horrendously in the Ghana games. Every ball from him was a misspass, couldn’t control the ball in acres of space, missed a sitter and had a hand in us conceding the 4th goal.

    • Mohamed Yousef

      September 5, 2014 at 2:02 AM

      As for the Egyptian national team fans, Shikabala didn’t live up to expectations.

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