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Pharaohs travel to Senegal as Gharib trims squad

Bob Bradley: Team rebuildingOn Tuesday, September 2, the Pharaohs set off to for the upcoming Africa Cup of Nations qualifier after trimming the squad to 26.

A week after revealing the 30-man preliminary squad, and three days after Egypt’s unimpressive 1-0 defeat of Kenya, Shawky Gharib has revealed that Al Ahly midfielder Mahmoud Hassan ‘Trezeguet’ has been cut from the squad.

Sporting Lisbon defender Rami Rabia will miss the clash due to his stomach surgery today, while Zamalek left-back Mohamed Abdel-Shafy is also injured.

Saleh Gomaa was also cut to allow him to train with Hossam El-Badry and the Olympic team during their quest of qualification for the 2016 Rio Games.

Shawky Gharib is leaving no doubts about his ambition for the qualifiers by stating, “Our target is to win this group.”

The Pharaohs kick their AFCON qualifiers off away against Senegal on Friday, September 5, before returning to Egypt to play Tunisia on the 10th of the same month.

The 26-man squad list is as follows:

Goalkeepers: Essam El-Hadary, Ahmed El-Shennawy, Sherif Ekrami and Amir Abdel-Hamid

Defenders: Shawky El-Said, Ahmed Said ‘Ouka’, Hazem Emam, Sabri Rahil, Ahmed Fathi, Ahmed Elmohamady, Ahmed Hegazy and Ali Ghazal.

Midfielders: Ibrahim Abdel-Khalek, Momen Zakaria, Omar Gaber, Hossam Ghaly, Hosni Abd-Rabou, Mohamed El-Nenny, Ahmed Hamoudi, Mahmoud Abdel-Razek ‘Shikabala’ and Mahmoud Abdel-Moneim ‘Kahraba’.

Forwards: Khaled Kamar, Mohamed Salah, Hany El-Egeizy, Amr Gamal, Ahmed Hassan ‘Koka’ ‘

The squad list will have to be cut by three in order to achieve the 23-man requirement.

Egypt. Arsenal. UNC. Al Ahly. In that order.



  1. K.Mohamed

    September 3, 2014 at 12:51 AM

    Saleh gomaa joins the Olympic team? Like really he’s our best midfielder!! The priority must be for Egypt’s First National Team.

  2. K.Mohamed

    September 3, 2014 at 1:07 PM

    Egypt National team is very weak. as to call up a player who never plays and not even in the squad list in chelsea, a player on which one does not count with fiorentina, or others who play in very weak championship. Only al muhammady looks good. how is possible that the old man El Hadary is always called …And what about Saleh Gomaa ? since when the Olympic team is priority over the national team ? This is nonsense

    • Ahmed Fikry, Giza

      September 3, 2014 at 2:14 PM

      El Hadary will play the World Cup in Qatar 2022… ohhh i forgot Egypt have bad relations to the brotherhood state… even if Egypt qualifies for qatar, our bloody dictator will refuse to play there 😀

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