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Egypt’s coach Héctor Cúper has announced the 23-man squad list of players called up to the training camp ahead of the Burundi friendly game.
Egypt is set to face Burundi on Thursday the 21st of May in a friendly game in preparation for the 2017 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifiers.
The list has witnessed many surprises with the exclusion of Al Ahly’s Emad Meteb and Abdallah El-Said. Al Ahly’s Walid Soliman and Momen Zakaria are also out due to injury. Amr El-Sulaya got called up instead of Trezeguet after the latter picked up a shoulder injury during Al Ahly’s match against Club African.
Zamalek’s young winger Mostafa Fathy, however, joined the Egyptian national team squad for the first time.
The Argentine coach didn’t include any of the foreign-based players except for Lierse’s Karim Hafez, who is also being called up to the squad for the first time. The foreign-based players weren’t included in the squad as the game will be outside of FIFA’s agenda and the players are involved in games with their teams.
Goalkeepers: Sherif Ekramy (Al Ahly), Mohamed El-Shennawy (Petrojet), Ahmed El-Shennawy (Zamalek).
Defenders: Hazem Emam, Ali Gabr, Omar Gaber (Zamalek), Saad Samir, Mohamed Naguib, Sabry Rahil (Al Ahly), Ragab Nabil (Wadi Degla), Karim Hafez (Lierse).
Midfielders: Ahmed Tawfik, Ibrahim Salah, Ayman Hefny, Mostafa Fathi (Zamalek), Hossam Ghaly(Al Ahly), Amr El-Sulaya( Ismaily).
Forwards: Bassem Morsi (Zamalek), Mahmoud Qaoud, Mahmoud Kahraba, Salah Ashour (ENPPI), Mohamed Salem (Arab Contractors), Mohamed ‘Dodo’ El-Gabas (Wadi Degla).
Cúper will try to grab his second friendly win in charge of the Pharaohs after defeating Equatorial Guinea 2-0 in March.
Egypt lies in Group G in the AFCON qualifiers along with Nigeria, Tanzania and Chad. The team’s first game is set to be against Tanzania on the 14th of June. Cúper will be aiming to get the Pharaohs back to the African competition after they failed to qualify to the AFCON three times in a row since last winning the title in 2010.