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Cúper calls up 10 Ahly, 7 Zamalek for upcoming friendlies

Egyptian Football Association website

Egyptian Football Association website

Egypt coach has announced the final 25-man squad for the Pharaohs’ upcoming training camp in the UAE ahead of their October friendlies.

The Egyptian national team will face Senegal and Zambia on October 8 and 11 respectively, ahead of their preparation for the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.

The Argentine coach, who has previously named a 56-man initial squad list, announced the national team’s final squad following Al Ahly’s game against Orlando pirates in the CAF Confederation Cup.

Cúper included eight of Al Ahly players who lost 4-3 against the South African side to the squad. The unregistered defense duo Rami Rabia and Ahmed Hegazy were also included in the list.

Cúper also named seven Zamalek players to join the national team squad after the Whites’ 3-0 win against Etoile Sportive du Sahel in the CAF Confederation Cup. Hazem Emam and Ayman Hefny missed due to injury.

59-year-old Cúper has previously called-up six foreign-based players among them was Panetolikos FC player Amr Warda.

Full squad:

Goalkeepers: Sherif Ekramy (Al Ahly), Ahmed El-Shennawy (Zamalek), El-Mahdi Soliman (Smouha), Ali Lotfi (ENPPI)
Defenders: Ahmed Hegazy, Saad Samir, Rami Rabia, Sabry Rahil, Bassem Ali (Al Ahly), Ali Gabr, Omar Gaber (Zamalek), Mohamed Abdel-Shafy (Ahli Jeddah; Saudi Arabia)
Midfielders: Mahmoud Kahraba, Tarek Hamed (Zamalek), Momen Zakaria, Abdallah El-Said, Mohamed Hamdy Zaki (Al Ahly), Mohamed El-Nenny (FC Basel; Switzerland), Mahmoud Trezeguet (Anderlecht; Belgium), Amr Warda (Panetolikos, Greece)
Forwards: Mohamed Salah (AS Roma; Italy), Bassem Morsi, Ahmed Hassan Mekki (Zamalek), Amr Gamal (Al Ahly), Ahmed Hassan Koka (Braga; Portugal)

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  1. ahmed

    October 5, 2015 at 8:58 PM

    How does Saad Samir get a call up ? Same for Bassem Ali (even though both wont play). The whole Ahly back-line is garbage. They single-handedly gave 3 goals to Pirates on a silver plate. Same goes for that bad excuse of a goalkeeper called Ekramy, Gennesh would have been much more decent and justifiable than Ekramy given his form and that he played recently

    • Maz

      October 6, 2015 at 3:12 AM

      Agreed for the most part, Momen Zakaria as well… not sure why he’s called up. I was hoping Aly Gazal would get a call up soon. Otherwise, Cuper has been super in his decisions.

      • ahmed

        October 6, 2015 at 5:41 AM

        I think its because of the obvious criticism Ahly fans and of course Ahly media figures are putting on Cuper to call-up Ahly players that he end up calling these useless guys. Next step ? They will lobby against him until he actually start them. I just dont see the point of giving a man a job when you wont even let him work.

        Earlier this year, Wael Gomaa came out publicly to criticize Cuper when he chose a mostly Zamalek players + 3 Ahly ones lineup while Ahly was sitting 7th (Garrido time) or so in the league and none of the players of this team was showing anything worth even mentioning. Just goes to show you the guts these guys have to come in and argue. How come Zamalek was finishing 2nd for years and never lobbied for their player to play NT. Same for Enppi, Petrojet and Ismaily ?

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