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UPDATED: Ekramy out, Nour El-Sayed replaces Ashour in squad
Hector Cuper announced his 25-man squad for the final 2017 African Cup of Nations qualifier against Tanzania, before adding goalkeepers Mohamed El-Shennawy and Mahmoud Gennesh to the list.
Preparations are currently underway for the final AFCON qualifying match away to Tanzania. If Egypt manage to avoid a 4-0 defeat, they will officially seal their qualification to the continental showdown in Gabon next January.
The match is doubly important due to the fact that the final spot in African World Cup qualification Pot 1 is up for grabs, with Tunisia just behind Egypt in the African FIFA rankings.
The two North African rivals are battling for fifth spot in the African rankings – and subsequent seeding into Pot 1 – to guarantee a favorable draw for the final 2018 World Cup CAF qualifying groups.
Hossam Ghaly was excluded by Argentine manager Hector Cuper, as had been suspected, while his Al Ahly teammate Ramadan Sobhy will miss the qualifier due to a high school exam.
Petrojet goalkeeper Mohamed El-Shennawy was subsequently called up to the Egypt camp by Cuper, as the fourth goalkeeper.
Update: Cuper announced on Thursday that Al Ahly SC midfielder Hossam Ashour suffered an injury in camp, and Nour El-Sayed will replace him. Furthermore, Sherif Ekramy has officially been ruled out of the Tanzania clash. Therefore, Mahmoud Gennesh will join the squad.
Nour El-Sayed has featured for the senior national team twice, in friendlies against Libya and Jordan, but he ultimately missed out on the Nigeria clashes. The ENPPI midfielder is expected to join the camp after their match against Zamalek today.
The Al Ahly contingent successfully joined the camp on Thursday, along with Karim Hafez and Amr Warda.
Goalkeepers: Essam El-Hadary (Wadi Degla), Ahmed El-Shennawy, Mahmoud Gennesh (Zamalek), Mohamed El-Shennawy (Petrojet).
Defenders: Mohamed Abdel-Shafy (Al Ahli Jeddah), Ahmed Fathi, Ahmed Hegazy, Rami Rabia, Sabry Rahil (Al Ahly), Karim Hafez (Omonia), Ayman Ashraf (Smouha), Ali Gabr, Hamada Tolba, Hazem Emam (Zamalek).
Midfielders: Abdallah El-Said, Momen Zakaria (Al Ahly), Mahmoud Hassan ‘Trezeguet’ (Anderlecht), Mohamed Elneny (Arsenal), Amr Warda (Panetolikos), Mohamed Ibrahim, Tarek Hamed (Zamalek), Nour El-Sayed (ENPPI)
Forwards: Amr Gamal (Al Ahly), Ahmed Hassan ‘Koka’ (Braga), Marwan Mohsen (Ismaily), Mohamed Salah (Roma)