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REPORT: Nine ‘Pharaohs Abroad’ in Cuper’s upcoming camp

Posted on August 16, 2016
(Photo by Luis Bagu/Getty Images)

(Photo by Luis Bagu/Getty Images)

coach Hector Cuper has reportedly decided to call-up nine foreign-based players to take part in the upcoming camp.

The Pharaohs will face both Guinea and South Africa on the 30th of August, and the 6th of September, respectively, in preparation for the CAF World Cup qualifiers which are due to start in October 2016.

According to Yallakora, the squad will feature man , who returns to the Egyptian national team for the first time since the friendly against Malawi in June 2015.

The squad also features: (Roma), (), Omar Gaber (Basel), Ahmed Hassan Kouka (Braga), Mahmoud Hassan ‘Trezeguet’ (Anderlecht), Ramadan Sobhi (Stoke City), Mohamed Abdel-Shafy (Ahli Jeddah).

Wigan Athletic’s Sam Morsy has also received his debut call-up; however, the 24-year-old is awaiting the arrival of his Egyptian passport before he can join the camp.

It is worth mentioning that the squad sees the exclusion of ex-Zamalek man Mahmoud Kahraba – who now plays for Ittihad Jeddah, and Panetolikos’ Amr Warda.


  1. Che.gue

    August 16, 2016 at 4:16 PM

    Where is Ghazal? He played well last season. Would give him the Chance.

    • ahmed

      August 16, 2016 at 11:23 PM

      Most Egyptians got brainwashed into thinking he was bad because he was called up for two games under Gharib and under-performed. The problem was that he was used as a Center-back, but the fact is that Ghazal plays as a defensive mid and does it very well for Madeira. He played a bit of center back for Degla when he was still in Egypt, but since moving years ago he only plays DM. He is tall strong and while he does not posses an amazing vision he makes up for it with no non-sense passing and amazing challenges on the ball. In comparison to Elneny he is of course not as good, but he surpasses him in the defensive part of the CM/CDM job and is much better in the air (reception of Goal-kicks and general high balls in the midfield). In my opinion he basically should be in competition with Tarek Hamed to play along Elneny.

      Dont call up a player, throw him right in the fire for two games in a position he does not play and then put a judgement on him. That’s as absurd as if we called up Mohamed Salah, played him as CDM or CM and got upset he is not as good as Elneny in this role and crossed the guy out of any future NT plans.

  2. Ya Di An-Neela

    August 16, 2016 at 8:10 PM

    I agree with Che.gue, I can’t believe that Ghazal is not in this squad. He’d be a great defensive partner for Elneny.

    Kingfut, can you guys send a message to Cuper to call a player who has shown great leadership qualities for his European team?

  3. ahmed

    August 16, 2016 at 11:31 PM

    I’d also like to add that our NT and EFA staff are pretty slow on waking up on Egyptian players abroad. Unless the guy was already playing for the NT before moving to Europe or was a superstar in Egypt before his move, our NT seems to completely ignore their existence. Morsy has been performing for about 3 years if not more in England and its only now we see him called up. There is a couple of other guys like him spread across a couple of decent leagues in Europe, but the NT staff -who plays a game every 4 months- are obviously too busy to wake and do their homework.

    A team like Algeria or Ivory Coast have entire rosters made up of players born and formed in European countries who basically never set foot in Africa before and they still manage to call them up so how come we can’t do the same for 3 or 4 players ?

    • che. gue

      August 17, 2016 at 3:53 PM

      That is a legit question. To be honest many in football leading countries let talents play at least one game with the NT to insure their availability in the future. The EFA should do the same with talented players with Egyptian roots. But seriously I am still shocked with ghandours problem. And how they couldn’t fix it.

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