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Cuper takes Hamada Tolba for AFCON because of Hegazy

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Posted on January 9, 2017

Hamada Tolba

manager Hector Cuper said that he will be taking defender to Gabon for the 2017 AFCON even though he was not in the final 23-man list for the championship.

The Argentinian manager already announced the list of players who will be participating in the upcoming championship, however, Egypt can replace any player in the 23-man list till January 14, therefore Tolba was called-up to join the team.

“This is to ensure that we overcome any problems that might occur,” Cuper said to ON Sport TV channel as defender Ahmed Hegazy might not be ready to start as he recovers from his injury. “Hegazy is still recovering now and we have the chance to replace any player in the list till the 14th, that’s why Tolba will join us.”

“He’s a player who can play in different positions and can help us if a defender in the list is injured,” he concluded.

Egypt defeated The Eagles of Carthage 1-0 in a friendly match as the team ends preparations before leaving to Gabon on January 13.

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