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Héctor Cúper announces squad for Nigeria clash
Egypt boss Héctor Cúper has named a 25-man squad ahead of the Pharaohs’ upcoming 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying double-header against Nigeria later this month.
Cúper previously announced a five-man list of foreign-based players, naming Ahmed Hassan ‘Koka’, Amr Warda, Mahmoud Hassan ‘Trezeguet’, Mohamed Elneny and Mohamed Salah among the first players in his squad.
The Argentinian added seven players from Al Ahly:
Abdallah El-Said, Ahmed Hegazy, Amr Gamal, Hossam Ghaly, Ramadan Sobhy, Rami Rabia and Sabry Rahil.
Zamalek also had nine players called up for national team duty:
Ahmed Dweidar, Ahmed El-Shennawy, Ali Gabr, Ayman Hefny, Hamada Tolba, Hazem Emam, Mostafa Fathi, Omar Gaber and Tarek Hamed.
In addition to those players, veteran Essam El-Hadary of Wadi Degla, along with in-form Petrojet keeper Mohamed El-Shennawy were called up. Joining the pair will be Ismaily’s Marwan Mohsen, who has 10 goals this season, and Smouha’s Ibrahim Salah.
The first leg will take place on Friday the 25th of March in Nigeria, while the return leg will see Alexandria hosting four days later on Tuesday the 29th of March.
Full Egypt squad:
Goalkeepers: Mohamed El-Shennawy (Petrojet), Essam El-Hadary (Wadi Degla), Ahmed El-Shennawy (Zamalek).
Defenders: Ahmed Hegazy, Rami Rabia, Sabry Rahil (Al Ahly), Ali Gabr, Hazem Emam, Hamada Tolba, Ahmed Dewidar, Omar Gaber (Zamalek).
Midfielders: Abdallah El-Said, Hossam Ghaly, Ramadan Sobhy (Al Ahly), Mahmoud Hassan ‘Trezeguet’ (Anderlecht), Mohamed Elneny (Arsenal FC), Amr Warda (Panetolikos), Ibrahim Salah (Smouha), Ayman Hefny, Mostafa Fathi, Tarek Hamed (Zamalek)
Forwards: Amr Gamal (Al Ahly), Ahmed Hassan ‘Koka’ (SC Braga), Marwan Mohsen (Ismaily), Mohamed Salah (AS Roma).
Egypt now lead the standings with a maximum six points after two rounds played with a goal difference of +7, Nigeria is second with four points and a goal difference of +2.
The group winners will qualify for the African Cup of nations in 2017, whilst the two best ranked runner-ups in all groups, will also qualify for the competition.