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Hector Cuper calls up 27 players for Egypt camp ahead of AFCON

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Egypt National Team manager Hector Cuper has called up 27 players for camp ahead of the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations.

Argentinean boss Hector Cuper has named a 27-man squad ahead of traveling to Gabon.

Zamalek striker Bassem Morsy who started against Ghana two months ago misses out on camp after falling out with the coaching staff.

Meanwhile, Cuper gave surprise call-ups to Zamalek’s Mohamed Ibrahim, Al Masry striker Ahmed Gomaa & Ismaily goalkeeper Mohamed Awad.

Cuper previously announced 11 foreign-based players will be joining the camp, led by AS Roma star Mohamed Salah.

Full squad:

Goalkeepers: Ahmed El-Shennawy (Zamalek), Essam El-Hadary (Wadi Degla), Sherif Ekramy (Al Ahly), Mohamed Awad (Ismaily).

Defenders: Ahmed Fathi (Al Ahly), Ahmed Elmohamady (Hull City – England), Mohamed Abdel-Shafy (Al-Ahli – KSA), Karim Hafez (Lens – France), Hamada Tolba (Al Masry), Ahmed Hegazy (Al Ahly), Saad Samir (Al Ahly), Ahmed Dweidar (Zamalek), Ali Gabr (Zamalek), Omar Gaber (Basel – Switzerland).

Midfielders: Mohamed Elneny (Arsenal – England), Tarek Hamed (Zamalek), Ibrahim Salah (Zamalek), Abdallah El-Said (Al Ahly), Amr Warda (Panetolikos – Greece), Ramadan Sobhi (Stoke City – England), Mohamed Ibrahim (Zamalek), Mahmoud Hassan ‘Trezeguet’ (Royal Mouscron – Belgium).

Forwards: Ahmed Hassan ‘Koka’ (Braga – Portugal), Ahmed Gomaa (Al Masry), Marwan Mohsen (Al Ahly), Mahmoud Abdel-Moneim ‘Kahraba’ (Al-Ittihad – KSA), Mohamed Salah (AS Roma – Italy).

Cuper is set to cut out four players from the preliminary squad ahead of announcing his final draft.

It is worth noting that the currect squad has only four players that have previously had minutes at the AFCON, namely: Essam El-Hadary, Ahmed Elmohamady, Mohamed Abdel-Shafy & Ahmed Fathi.

The Egyptian national team camp preparations are set to start on the 1st of January ahead of the AFCON from the 14th of January to the 5th of February.

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  1. Nader

    December 29, 2016 at 11:13 PM

    Good Selection. However, inclusion of Amr Marei of Enppi would have been useful!

  2. Oms

    December 29, 2016 at 11:29 PM

    How can you drop Bassem Morsi with the lack of decent strikers in Egypt. You only have Koka and Bassem as NT quality strikers and Koka is off form. Doesn’t bode well

  3. Aly Diallo senegal

    December 29, 2016 at 11:37 PM

    where is Egyptian superstar Shikabala ???

    • Nader

      December 30, 2016 at 12:35 AM

      He is an Egyptian Diva;)

  4. O.O

    December 30, 2016 at 4:08 AM

    Is Mostafa fathy seriously not named in that squad???

    • AlPharone

      December 30, 2016 at 5:49 AM

      He is injured

  5. Dinar

    December 30, 2016 at 2:47 PM

    But Shikabala doesn’t

  6. NussMasri

    December 30, 2016 at 3:35 PM

    I guess they weren’t fond of Paulo in previous camps.

    Koka is great in Portugal but he’s been underwhelming for Egypt.

    Hopefully, we don’t need a pure striker since we have so many quality goal scorers in our midfield.

  7. K

    December 30, 2016 at 5:24 PM


  8. !

    December 31, 2016 at 7:07 PM

    Bassem had some issues with the squad so he wont be playing… As for Shikabala and Hefny they’re never called up. I guess its their age… Sad tho, they’d be an incredible addition to the squad!

  9. #10

    January 2, 2017 at 6:13 PM

    What about Ghaly ? His experience would have been useful in the midfield

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