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UPDATED: Ekramy out, Nour El-Sayed replaces Ashour in squad

Hector Cuper

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Hector Cuper announced his 25-man squad for the final 2017 African Cup of Nations qualifier against Tanzania, before adding goalkeepers Mohamed El-Shennawy and Mahmoud Gennesh to the list.

Preparations are currently underway for the final AFCON qualifying match away to Tanzania. If Egypt manage to avoid a 4-0 defeat, they will officially seal their qualification to the continental showdown in Gabon next January.

The match is doubly important due to the fact that the final spot in African World Cup qualification Pot 1 is up for grabs, with Tunisia just behind Egypt in the African FIFA rankings.

The two North African rivals are battling for fifth spot in the African rankings – and subsequent seeding into Pot 1 – to guarantee a favorable draw for the final 2018 World Cup CAF qualifying groups.

Hossam Ghaly was excluded by Argentine manager Hector Cuper, as had been suspected, while his Al Ahly teammate Ramadan Sobhy will miss the qualifier due to a high school exam.

Petrojet goalkeeper Mohamed El-Shennawy was subsequently called up to the Egypt camp by Cuper, as the fourth goalkeeper.

Update: Cuper announced on Thursday that Al Ahly SC midfielder Hossam Ashour suffered an injury in camp, and Nour El-Sayed will replace him. Furthermore, Sherif Ekramy has officially been ruled out of the Tanzania clash. Therefore, Mahmoud Gennesh will join the squad.

Nour El-Sayed has featured for the senior national team twice, in friendlies against Libya and Jordan, but he ultimately missed out on the Nigeria clashes. The ENPPI midfielder is expected to join the camp after their match against Zamalek today.

The Al Ahly contingent successfully joined the camp on Thursday, along with Karim Hafez and Amr Warda.

Egypt Squad:

Goalkeepers: Essam El-Hadary (Wadi Degla), Ahmed El-Shennawy, Mahmoud Gennesh (Zamalek), Mohamed El-Shennawy (Petrojet).

Defenders: Mohamed Abdel-Shafy (Al Ahli Jeddah), Ahmed Fathi, Ahmed Hegazy, Rami Rabia, Sabry Rahil (Al Ahly), Karim Hafez (Omonia), Ayman Ashraf (Smouha), Ali Gabr, Hamada Tolba, Hazem Emam (Zamalek).

Midfielders: Abdallah El-Said, Momen Zakaria (Al Ahly), Mahmoud Hassan ‘Trezeguet’ (Anderlecht), Mohamed Elneny (Arsenal), Amr Warda (Panetolikos), Mohamed Ibrahim, Tarek Hamed (Zamalek), Nour El-Sayed (ENPPI)

Forwards: Amr Gamal (Al Ahly), Ahmed Hassan ‘Koka’ (Braga), Marwan Mohsen (Ismaily), Mohamed Salah (Roma)

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  1. gogi

    May 24, 2016 at 3:04 PM

    Seriously, what is Cuper’s problem with Ali Ghazal? He captains a good team in the Portuguese league, attracts interest from many European clubs and rarely makes any mistakes. And still he’s not good enough for the national team?

  2. احمد

    May 24, 2016 at 4:11 PM

    Pay attention.Ali Ghazal has been injured lately.I don’t know if he’s recovered yet.

  3. maz

    May 24, 2016 at 10:01 PM

    Not a bad selection. Would’ve liked to see Omar Gaber there. Although he hasn’t been getting much action since transferring to Basel, our options on RB seem scarce. On the other hand we have 4 left backs (assuming Ayman Ashraf is LB, I’m not to familiar with him). A bit too many IMO. Haven’t had that problem in quite some time, lol

  4. Mohammed Nasr El Din

    May 25, 2016 at 8:42 PM

    what about sam morsy?

  5. K

    May 26, 2016 at 7:08 PM

    Cuper doesn’t choose the tactics or team squad. It’s all Osama Nabih, and because of him being Zamalkawy, he refuses to call up the National Team and Ahly Captian, Hossam Ghaly. Because of Hossam Ashour’s injury, he has the chance to call up Ghaly (once again, our captain for the NT) and instead he gets Nour El Sayed from Enppi. *slow clapping noise*

    • ahmed

      May 29, 2016 at 2:02 AM

      Hossam Ghaly simply sucks and is only good at the Egyptian premier league level where our coaches (apart from 1 or 2) can’t figure out that pressurizing even just a bit Ghaly, completely throws him out of the equation. Also, you seem like the typical Ahlawy who cant think straight. Ghaly was called up for the Nigeria games (arguably the 2 most important in this group) as well as 2 of the previous 3 friendlies + he was automatically out of the 2 first group stage games because of injury. Now that he is not selected for the first time, suddenly the Nabih is control of the NT and the staff is Zamalkawy ? Cuper is the coach and he decides. Also, the two games against Nigeria Ghaly did not do shit, he got on the pitch in Kaduna and the only thing he did was to lose the ball, make intercepted passes, scream as usual and tackled his own teammate Hamada Tolba in right in the middle of our midfield on a play that could’ve costed us the game because of the counter attack it created.

      This is the National team. Players are not and should not be added to the squad based on stupid arguments like ”he is form Ahly” or ”he is from Zamalek”. Guy sucks and is only good for games against low profile opponents like the ones in the our league, the proof is that every game he played with the NT, he was bad. Its not because you are Ahlawy that we should start fielding Ahly players to please you and your fanbase.

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