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Egypt name Europe-based septet for Chile, Jamaica friendlies

Egypt lose to 10-man ChileEgypt manager Shawky Gharib has called-up seven Egyptians plying their trade in Europe for the Pharaohs’ upcoming spate of friendlies in London.

Chelsea forward Mohamed Salah headlines the list, along with English Premier League compatriot Ahmed Elmohamady (Hull City) and FC Basel’s Mohamed El-Nenny. Portugal-based trio Ahmed Hassan ‘Koka’ (Rio Ave), Aly Ghazal and Saleh Gomaa (both Nacional de Madera) also made the squad along with veteran Hossam Ghaly (Lierse, Belgium).

Egypt takes on World Cup-bound Chile May 30 before facing Jamaica June 3. The matches are part of Egypt’s preparations for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers, which kick off in September.

After failing to secure a place in the last two editions, the Pharaohs face an uphill task in their quest to return to the continent’s showpiece event, which they have won a record seven times. They’re slated to face Tunisia, Senegal, and an opponent to be determined later. Only the top two teams in the group are guaranteed a spot in the finals in Morocco, with the best third-placed team among all groups qualifying as well.

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