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Cúper calls up eight Zamalek, two Ahly for Tanzania AFCON qualifier
Egypt manager Héctor Cúper chose ten players from Al Ahly and Zamalek to join the national team squad for the first AFCON 2017 qualifier on June 14 against Tanzania.
Earlier this week, Cuper made his selection of players for the game excluding Al Ahly and Zamalek players who were set to be announced following their Monday commitments in the CAF Confederation Cup.
The Argentine coach has named eight players from Zamalek and only two players from Al Ahly.
Al Ahly 18-year-old midfielder Ramadan Sobhy was included in the squad. In case Sobhy features, he will be the youngest player to participate in a game with the Egyptian national team since Ahmed Hossam Mido in 2001.
Basel’s Mohamed El-Nenny was also called to the squad after he finished his club’s commitments this season as they lost the Swiss Cup final on Monday.
Goalkeepers: Ahmed El-Shennawy (Zamalek), Ali Lotfy (ENPPI), Mohamed Awad (Al Masry).
Defenders: Hazem Emam, Ali Gabr, Omar Gaber, Mohamed Abdel-Shafy (Zamalek), Saad Samir (Al Ahly), Ahmed Hegazy (Perugia), Rami Rabia (Sporting Lisbon), Ahmed Fathi (Umm Salal), Ahmed Elmohamady (Hull City), Karim Hafez (Lierse), Ragab Nabil (Wadi Degla).
Midfielders: Ahmed Tawfik, Ibrahim Salah, Mostafa Fathi (Zamalek), Ramadan Sobhy (Al Ahly), Mohamed El-Nenny (Basel), Saleh Gomaa (ENPPI), Amr El-Sulaya (Ismaily), Mahmoud Qaoud, Mahmoud Kahraba (ENPPI), Mohamed Ashraf (Tala’a El-Gaish).
Forwards: Bassem Morsi (Zamalek), Mohamed Salah (Fiorentina), Salah Ashour (ENPPI), Mohamed Salem (Arab Contractors), Ahmed Hassan Mekki (Haras El-Hodood), Mohamed ‘Dodo’ El-Gabas (Wadi Degla), Mohamed Hamdy (Ittihad of Alexandria).
Egypt’s match against Tanzania will be Cúper’s first official game in charge of the Pharaohs. The 59-year-old managed to lead the team to defeat Equatorial Guinea 2-0 in a friendly game in March. He will be playing his second friendly game on Monday against Malawi in preparation for the AFCON qualifiers.