Bradley names 25-man Egypt squad for Ghana clash
American coach Bob Bradley has announced a 25-man Egypt squad consisting of eleven players from Al Ahly, four from Zamalek, two from Ismaily, one from Al Masry and seven-foreign based Pharaohs ahead of the return leg against Ghana.
The Pharaohs coach excluded the likes of Hull City’s Ahmed Elmohamady – the only Egyptian who features regularly in one of Europe’s top five leagues – and Rio Ave’s 20-year-old striker Ahmed Hassan ‘Koka’.
The match is set to be played at the Air Defense Stadium in Cairo after it was cleared by FIFA to host the match, despite the GFA’s request for it to be moved to a neutral venue due to safety concerns.
Ghana have decided to train in Turkey ahead of the reverse qualifier against Egypt, and are expected to arrive in Cairo on November 18, which is only 24 hours before the match is to be played.
Kwasi Appiah’s 24-man squad – who have one foot in Brazil after handing the Pharaohs one of their worst defeats in history – is entirely foreign-based, with only seven players not plying their trade in Europe.
Bob Bradley will likely lead the Egyptian national team for the last time in Cairo, unless the Pharaohs can pull off a miracle to turnaround a 6-1 scoreline from the first leg of the World Cup play-off tie in Kumasi.
Goalkeepers: Sherif Ekramy (Al Ahly), Mohamed Sobhi (Ismaily), Ahmed El-Shennawy (Al-Masry)
Defenders: Sherif Abdel-Fadil, Ahmed Fathi, Wael Gomaa, Sayed Moawad, Mohamed Naguib, Rami Rabia, Ahmed Shedid (Al Ahly), Mohamed Abdel-Shafy, Hazem Emam (Zamalek)
Midfielders: Mohamed Abou-Treika, Hossam Ashour, Walid Soliman (Al Ahly), Ibrahim Salah (Al-Oroba, Saudi Arabia), Mohamed El-Nenny, Mohamed Salah (Basel, Switzerland), Hosni Abd-Rabo (Ismaily), Hossam Ghaly (Lierse, Belgium), Ahmed Eid Abdel-Malak, Shikabala (Zamalek)
Forwards: Mahmoud Abdel-Moneim ‘Kahraba’ (FC Luzern, Switzerland), Mohamed “Gedo” Nagy (Hull City, England), Amr Zaki (Al-Salmiya, Kuwait)
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