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Cúper calls up nine Zamalek, five Ahly for Burundi friendly

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Egypt’s coach Héctor Cúper has announced the 23-man squad list of players called up to the training camp ahead of the Burundi friendly game.

Egypt is set to face Burundi on Thursday the 21st of May in a friendly game in preparation for the 2017 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifiers.

The 59-year-old has named nine players from Zamalek and another five from Al Ahly for the upcoming game.

The list has witnessed many surprises with the exclusion of Al Ahly’s Emad Meteb and Abdallah El-Said. Al Ahly’s Walid Soliman and Momen Zakaria are also out due to injury. Amr El-Sulaya got called up instead of Trezeguet after the latter picked up a shoulder injury during Al Ahly’s match against Club African.

Zamalek’s young winger Mostafa Fathy, however, joined the Egyptian national team squad for the first time.

The Argentine coach didn’t include any of the foreign-based players except for Lierse’s Karim Hafez, who is also being called up to the squad for the first time. The foreign-based players weren’t included in the squad as the game will be outside of FIFA’s agenda and the players are involved in games with their teams.

Full Squad

Goalkeepers: Sherif Ekramy (Al Ahly), Mohamed El-Shennawy (Petrojet), Ahmed El-Shennawy (Zamalek).

Defenders:  Hazem Emam, Ali Gabr, Omar Gaber (Zamalek), Saad Samir,  Mohamed Naguib, Sabry Rahil (Al Ahly), Ragab Nabil (Wadi Degla), Karim Hafez (Lierse).

Midfielders: Ahmed Tawfik, Ibrahim Salah, Ayman Hefny, Mostafa Fathi (Zamalek), Hossam Ghaly(Al Ahly), Amr El-Sulaya( Ismaily).

Forwards: Bassem Morsi (Zamalek), Mahmoud Qaoud, Mahmoud Kahraba, Salah Ashour (ENPPI), Mohamed Salem (Arab Contractors), Mohamed ‘Dodo’ El-Gabas (Wadi Degla).

Cúper will try to grab his second friendly win in charge of the Pharaohs after defeating Equatorial Guinea 2-0 in March.

Egypt lies in Group G in the AFCON qualifiers along with Nigeria, Tanzania and Chad. The team’s first game is set to be against Tanzania on the 14th of June. Cúper will be aiming to get the Pharaohs back to the African competition after they failed to qualify to the AFCON three times in a row since last winning the title in 2010.

Mohammed Salama is a 21-year-old who fell in love with football since Egypt's AFCON final match against Ivory Coast! Strangely enough an Al Ahly and Al Masry fan locally. In addition, he's a hardcore Bayern Munich supporter.



  1. Gameref

    May 16, 2015 at 11:07 PM

    I’d like to see that team:

    I don’t really know Karim Hafez although I know he’s scored important goals for his team recently.That’s why I’d like to discover him.

    • Karim

      May 17, 2015 at 12:43 PM

      I think Cuper can do better. Where is Abdallah Said, Emad Meteb, Gedo, Ramadan Sobhy and Mohamed Ibrahim

      • GameRef

        May 17, 2015 at 2:00 PM

        No one of them is a regular currently.

      • Ahmed

        May 18, 2015 at 4:55 AM

        Abdallah El-Said, Gedo, Ramadan Sobhy and Mohamed Ibrahim are all either just back from an injury, in bad form since the beginning of the season or simply not playing at all (Ramadan Sobhy played got subbed in for the first time into a game since 1 or 2 months last week) and Mohamed Ibrahim last game was around December so how is any of those guys even an option ?

        For once one of our NT coaches makes logic decisions about the squad, that include experimenting with the right and in-form guys and you want him to pull a Shehata and call up a bunch of names based on past achievements and not on current form and the fact that we need to experiment with fresh blood ?

  2. Karim, Cairo

    May 18, 2015 at 11:55 AM

    hey you fake regime website. don’t you care about the forbidden Ultras, who are now terrorists like the brotherhood and everybody who is against the military dictatorship???? please post something about it!!!!!!! instead of posting anything about Egyptian football, because without fans / Ultras and so on, there will be no football in Egypt soon.

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