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Zamalek have announced the latest players to be included in their CAF Confederation Cup campaign, which includes FC Basel loanee Ahmed Hamoudi; however, the former Smouha captain is not part of the Congo trip to face Leopards.
The recently-crowned Egyptian Premier League champions added the maximum quota of players allowed into the squad for their game against Congolese side AC Leopards on Sunday.
Initially, the six new players added included Sherif Alaa and Mohamed Salem, who both signed from Arab Contractors, Mohamed Adel Gomaa from Al Masry and Ahmed Hassan Mekki, who signed from Haras El-Hodood. Also joining the squad were Mahmoud Abdel-Moniem ‘Kahraba’ from ENPPI and Ibrahim Abdel-Khalek, who joined from Smouha.
However, after acquiring Egypt midfielder Ahmed Hamoudi, who signed from FC Basel on loan, Zamalek manager Jesualdo Ferreira chose to replace Sherif Alaa with Hamoudi, and after loaning out Ahmed Samir to Ismaily, it is likely that Gomaa will start at left-back.
The Basel loanee and Mekki will not feature with the side in their game against the 2012 champions though, as the duo are lacking match fitness. Islam Gamal will miss the game due to injury, while Ahmed El-Shennawy was given permission to not travel with the team.
It is also worth mentioning that Mohamed Ibrahim was called up for the first time since re-signing for the Egyptian champions.
Goalkeepers: Mohamed Abou-Gabal, Mahmoud Abdel-Rehim ‘Gennesh’
Defenders: Mohamed Adel Gomaa, Mohamed Koffi, Ahmed Dewidar, Ali Gabr, Hamada Tolba, Hazem Emam.
Midfielders: Moruf Youssef, Tarek Hamed, Mostafa Fathy, Kahraba, Mohamed Ibrahim, Omar Gaber.
Forwards: Bassem Morsi, Mohamed Salem.
The Whites go into the game with nine points and leading Group B by three points. In the first round of games they managed a 2-0 home win over AC Leopards.