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Egypt announce final 23-man squad for 2018 World Cup

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manager Hector Cuper has announced on Monday his final 23-man squad that will travel to Russia to take part in the .

Cuper had initially named a 29-man preliminary squad, meaning he had to snub a goalkeeper and five other players ahead of the World Cup.

The Argentinian manager decided to drop Ismaily keeper Mohamed Awaad from the squad in favour of Al Ahly duo Sherif Ekramy and Mohamed El-Shennawy, and veteran Essam El-Hadary.

The squad witnessed one major surprise exclusion as SC Braga forward Ahmed Hassan Kouka was left out of the 23-man squad. Orlando City’s Amro Tarek, Zamalek’s Mahmoud Abdel-Aziz, Al Masry forward Ahmed Gomaa, and Karim Hafez of RC Lens also didn’t make the cut.

Mohamed Salah and Mohamed Elneny will lead the squad that will head to Russia, after being declared fit for the tournament, despite not featuring in any pre-World Cup friendly until now.

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The squad also included another 12 foreign-based players, most notably Mahmoud Trezeguet, Ramadan Sobhi, Ahmed Hegazi, and Abdallah El-Said.

The Egypt-based players are Al Ahly’s Sherif Ekramy, Mohamed El-Shennawy, Ayman Ashraf, Ahmed Fathi, Saad Samir, Marwan Mohsen, and Zamalek’s Mahmoud Hamdy El-Wensh and Tarek Hamed. The squad also witnessed the inclusion of Zamalek’s Ali Gabr, Mahmoud Abdel-Razik Shikabala and Mahmoud Kahraba, who just ended their loan spells at West Brom, Al-Raed, and Ittihad, respectively.

Egypt were drawn in group A alongside hosts Russia, Saudi Arabia, and Uruguay. They will kick off their group stage games on June 15, before facing Russia and Saudi Arabia on June 19 and June 25.

The final 23-man squad in full:

Goalkeepers: Essam El-Hadary (Al Taawoun), Mohamed El-Shennawy (Al Ahly), Sherif Ekramy (Al Ahly).

Defenders: Ahmed Fathi (Al Ahly), Saad Samir (Al Ahly), Ayman Ashraf (Al Ahly), Mohamed AbdelShafy (Al Ahli), Ahmed Hegazi (West Brom), Ali Gabr (Zamalek), Ahmed Elmohamady (Aston Villa), Omar Gaber (LAFC), Mahmoud Hamdy El-Wensh (Zamalek).

Midfielders: Tarek Hamed (Zamalek), Mahmoud Abdel-Razik Shikabala (Zamalek), Abdallah El-Said (Al Ahli), Sam Morsy (Wigan), Mohamed Elneny (Arsenal), Ramadan Sobhi (Stoke City), Mahmoud Trezeguet (Kasimpasa), Amr Warda (PAOK), Mohamed Salah (Liverpool).

Forwards: Marwan Mohsen (Al Ahly), Mahmoud Kahraba (Zamalek).



  1. Rob Simmons

    June 4, 2018 at 4:08 PM

    Well done Sam Morsy. Have a great tournament. Up the tics! Go Egypt!

  2. Gogi

    June 4, 2018 at 9:33 PM

    Not a single proper striker. Look at the number of Marawan Mohsen’s career goals. Makes opponents shiver out of fear. Cupér can’t be serious…

  3. Patrick Mwanza

    June 5, 2018 at 9:33 AM

    is Saiah fit?

  4. Gogi

    June 6, 2018 at 7:36 AM

    It’s sad that our coach prefers players who are clearly unfit for a World Cup (Sam Morsy) over very skilled, serious footballers like Saleh Gomaa and several others in the Egyptian League. It makes our team look like some minnows like Guinea-Bissau who are forced to use players dumping around in lower leagues. Arbitrary exclusions like that of Ghazal and his choice (and the lack) offensive players show that Cupér really is the worst coach Egypt had in a very, very long time. But he qualified blahblah? People tend to forget that there is a considerable amount of luck involved in football. It was the first qualification campaign in a long time in which we didn’t have to cope with horribly bad luck and because our opponents were quite weak. Cupér’s “system” (which in reality isn’t a system and could be more fittingly described as “scared-chicken-football”) didn’t help us achieve anything. It was luck and the individual quality of a couple of our players.
    Having said all that, I feel that the aforementioned two factors will help us play a surprisingly successful tournament. DESPITE Cupér’s incompetence.

    • Gogi

      June 6, 2018 at 7:38 AM

      *choice (lack) of

  5. Henry Abu O.

    June 8, 2018 at 5:27 AM

    Ruben yostar, you dropped kouka for mohsen… LOL!!!!!!!! Yaaaaa rabbbbbb

    Well it’s not like anyone else scores except Salah, and abdullah saeed when he is given the ball right in front of goal. I’m just happy to see shika made it. Hopefully he’ll be a surprise. But yeah, this seems like the most unprofessional undeserving team to make it to the world cup. Ya rab

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