Bradley announces provisional squad for World Cup qualifiers
The Pharaohs will begin finalizing their preparations for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers on Wednesday in a closed camp at El-Defaa El-Gawi stadium, before flying to Zimbabwe on June 5.
Egypt have also organized a friendly with Botswana in Cairo on June 4, five days before the away clash with Zimbabwe.
As mentioned last week, Bob Bradley has included Nacional defensive midfielder Ali Ghazal, who can also play as a centre-back, in the Egypt squad for the first time after impressing in the majority of the second-half of the season in Portugal, helping Nacional finish in eighth with 40 points in the Liga Sagres.
The talented Ayman Hefny was also recalled to the Pharaohs’ squad following the attacking midfielder’s crucial role in El-Gaish’s impressive run of form with four assists during the last few weeks of the season.
The Pharaohs are currently five points clear off their nearest rivals in their World Cup qualifying group with 9 points, after maintaining their perfect run in Group G against Zimbabwe in March. If Egypt finish on top, they then would qualify for the final two-legged round against one of the other nine group leaders for a place at next year’s World Cup in Brazil.
UPDATE: Zamalek duo Mohamed Abdel-Shafy and Nour El-Sayed have been ruled out of the upcoming qualifiers due to injuries and have been replaced by Sabry Raheel and Walid Soliman respectively.
Goalkeepers: Sherif Ekramy (Ahly), Abdel-Wahed El-Sayed and Ahmed El-Shennawy (Zamalek)
Defenders: Ahmed Fathi, Wael Gomaa, Saad Samir, Ahmed Shedid (Ahly), Ahmed Hegazy (Fiorentina, Italy), Ahmed Elmohamady (Sunderland, England), Mahmoud Fathallah, Omar Gaber and Sabry Raheel (Zamalek)
Midfielders: Mohamed Abou-Treika, Hossam Ashour, Abdullah El-Said and Walid Soliman (Ahly), Mohamed El-Nenny (Basel, Switzerland), Ayman Hefny (El-Gaish), Amr El-Sulaya (Ismaily), Ali Ghazal (CD Nacional, Portugal), Tareq Hamed, Ahmed Hamoudi (Smouha), Ahmed Eid Abdel-Malek, Hazem Emam, Mohamed Ibrahim and Ibrahim Salah (Zamalek)
Forwards: Mohamed Salah (Basel, Switzerland), Ahmed Temsah (Dhofar, Qatar), Ahmed Hassan Mekki (Haras El-Hodood) and Ahmed Gaafar (Zamalek)
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