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Cúper calls up eight Zamalek, two Ahly for Tanzania AFCON qualifier

Egypt manager chose ten players from Al Ahly and Zamalek to join the national team squad for the first AFCON 2017 qualifier on June 14 against Tanzania.

Earlier this week, Cuper made his selection of players for the game excluding Al Ahly and Zamalek players who were set to be announced following their Monday commitments in the CAF Confederation Cup.

The Argentine coach has named eight players from Zamalek and only two players from Al Ahly.

Al Ahly 18-year-old midfielder Ramadan Sobhy was included in the squad. In case Sobhy features, he will be the youngest player to participate in a game with the Egyptian national team since Ahmed Hossam Mido in 2001.

Basel’s Mohamed El-Nenny was also called to the squad after he finished his club’s commitments this season as they lost the Swiss Cup final on Monday.

Full Squad

Goalkeepers: Ahmed El-Shennawy (Zamalek), Ali Lotfy (ENPPI), Mohamed Awad (Al Masry).
Defenders: Hazem Emam, Ali Gabr, Omar Gaber, Mohamed Abdel-Shafy (Zamalek), Saad Samir (Al Ahly), Ahmed Hegazy (Perugia), Rami Rabia (Sporting Lisbon), Ahmed Fathi (Umm Salal), Ahmed Elmohamady (Hull City), Karim Hafez (Lierse), Ragab Nabil (Wadi Degla).
Midfielders: Ahmed Tawfik, Ibrahim Salah, Mostafa Fathi (Zamalek), Ramadan Sobhy (Al Ahly), Mohamed El-Nenny (Basel), Saleh Gomaa (ENPPI), Amr El-Sulaya (Ismaily), Mahmoud Qaoud, Mahmoud Kahraba (ENPPI), Mohamed Ashraf (Tala’a El-Gaish).
Forwards: Bassem Morsi (Zamalek), Mohamed Salah (Fiorentina), Salah Ashour (ENPPI), Mohamed Salem (Arab Contractors), Ahmed Hassan Mekki (Haras El-Hodood), Mohamed ‘Dodo’ El-Gabas (Wadi Degla), Mohamed Hamdy (Ittihad of Alexandria).

Egypt’s match against Tanzania will be Cúper’s first official game in charge of the Pharaohs. The 59-year-old managed to lead the team to defeat Equatorial Guinea 2-0 in a friendly game in March. He will be playing his second friendly game on Monday against Malawi in preparation for the AFCON qualifiers.

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  1. Karim

    June 8, 2015 at 6:49 PM

    Very dissapointing. He forgot Walid Soliman, Abdallah Said, Hossam Ashour, Karim Bambo. Egypt needs an Egyptian coach.

    Egypt XI: Lotfi; Fathi, Rabia, Hegazy, Abdel-Shafy; El-Sulaya, Gomaa; Kahraba, El-Gabbas, Mekki; Hamdi.

    This XI is not good, he should put el shenawy. He took of Salah and El Nenny? Who is El Gabass, Mekki and Hamdi? He can do better than this.

    • Ahmed

      June 8, 2015 at 9:32 PM

      The players you mentioned he forgot are all unfit at the moment. Ashour is on and off with Ahly with injuries. Abdalah is having a bad season, I could name at least 5 or 6 mids better than him right now, Bambo is also not playing regularly with Ahly and Soliman is injured + never was consistent enough to get selected.

      Its not because they wear and Ahly shirt that they should just be called up blindly.

      IMO he used that friendly to try the unknown guys in the league and these guys are probably at most gaining a selection and not a starting lineup position if they do well because with the little time and little friendlies he got, he probably already have a starting lineup in his head. The Ahly and especially Zamalek players + the foreign players basically got some rest time IMO

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