Bradley names provisional squad for Ghana World Cup qualifying play-off
American coach Bradley has announced the provisional squad, which comprises of 11 players from Al-Ahly and 10 foreign-based players, ahead of Egypt’s crucial World Cup qualifying play-off against Ghana.
Ahmed El-Shennawy (Al-Masry) – Despite being one of Egypt’s most promising keepers, Shennawy has only featured once competitively for Zamalek since moving to the club on a loan which has now ended. The keeper last stood between the sticks for the Pharaohs in a 3-0 friendly loss against a certain Ghana. Nevertheless, he was likely only brought in as Egypt’s third choice keeper.
Ahmed Temsah (El-Dakhleya) – A frequent inclusion in Bradley’s squad although he hasn’t been playing regular club football and was over-looked in Egypt’s last couple of World Cup qualifiers.
Ahmed Said ‘Okka’ (Smouha) – With Ahmed Hegazy out after suffering yet another serious knee injury, it’s no surprise Bradley was on the lookout for cover in the centre-back position. Okka is a sturdy option in defense but hasn’t featured for the Pharaohs since a 10-0 win against Swaziland in March.
Abdul-Wahed El-Sayed & Mahmoud Fathallah (Zamalek) – The Whites conceded the highest numbers of goals in Group A of the CAF Champions League and the experienced goalkeeper El-Sayed and centre-back Fathallah have clearly been out of form.
The Pharaohs, who are the only nation to collect maximum points from World Cup qualifying, will begin a training camp on 26 September and have also asked the Egyptian Football Association to arrange two friendly games on 29 September and 2 October.
The first leg between the Black Stars of Ghana and the Pharaohs of Egypt has been shifted from Sunday 13th October to Tuesday 15th October at the Baba Yara Stadium in Kumasi.
Goalkeepers: Sherif Ekramy (Al-Ahly), Mohamed Sobhi (Ismaily), Ahmed El-Shennawy (Al-Masry)
Defenders: Ahmed Fathi, Wael Gomaa, Sayed Moawad, Mohamed Naguib, Rami Rabia, Ahmed Shedid (Al-Ahly), Adam El-Abd (Brighton, England), Ahmed Elmohamady (Hull City, England), Ahmed Samir Farag (Lierse SK, Belgium), Ahmed Said ‘Okka’ (Smouha), Mohamed Abdel-Shafy (Zamalek)
Midfielders: Mohamed Abou-Treika, Hossam Ashour, Abdallah El-Said, Walid Soliman (Al-Ahly), Ibrahim Salah (Al-Oroba, Saudi Arabia), Mohamed El-Nenny (Basel, Switzerland), Amr El-Sulaya (Ismaily), Hossam Ghaly (Lierse, Belgium), Mahmoud Abdel-Moneim ‘Kahraba’ (FC Luzern, Switzerland), Ahmed Hamoudi (Smouha), Ahmed Eid, Omar Gaber, Mohamed Ibrahim, Shikabala (Zamalek)
Forwards: Mohamed Salah (Basel, Switzerland), Ahmed Temsah (El-Dakhleya), Mohamed “Gedo” Nagy (Hull City, England), Ahmed Hassan “Koka” (Rio Ave FC, Portugal), Amr Zaki (Al-Salmiya, Kuwait)
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