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Surprise inclusions as Javier Aguirre names local-based squad

Surprise inclusions as Javier Aguirre names local-based squad
Egypt manager has announced his squad of local-based players for the Pharaohs’ encounter against Niger in the 2019 AFCON qualifiers.

The Niger game will be Aguirre’s first game in charge after he was appointed as Egypt manager around a month ago, succeeding Hector Cuper.

Aguirre had already called-up 13 foreign-based players, before announcing a list of another 13 local-based players, which saw some surprising inclusions.

The list saw the inclusion of four players from Al Ahly, Mohamed El-Shennawy, , Ayman Ashraf, and .

Mohsen has been called up to the senior team for the first time, while it becomes Mohamed Hany’s first international call-up since January 2016. Hany has won two international caps against Jordan and Libya during Hector Cuper’s tenure.

Photo: Ismaily SC

Zamalek duo Tarek Hamed and Mahmoud Gennesh were also called up as well as Al Masry forward Ahmed Gomaa, Hossam Hassan of Smouha, and Pyramids’ Ali Gabr.

Aguirre has also given Pyramids left-back and Ismaily duo and Baher El-Mohamady their debut call-ups.

The Mexican manager has also handed a surprise call-up to El-Dakhelya winger following his impressive performances in the opening rounds of the Egyptian Premier League.

The Pharaohs are currently on a nine-game winless run, having not won a game since their 2-1 win over Congo last October.

The 13 local-based players:

Mohamed El-Shennawy, Ayman Ashraf, Mohamed Hany, and Salah Mohsen (Al Ahly), Tarek Hamed and Mahmoud Gennesh (Zamalek), Baher El-Mohamady and Mohamed Sadek (Ismaily), Ali Gabr and Mohamed Hamdy (Pyramids), Ahmed Gomaa (Al Masry), Hossam Hassan (Smouha), Islam Gaber (El-Dakhelya).

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  1. gogi

    August 31, 2018 at 5:46 PM

    That’s how it works. You simply search for the best performing players. How beautiful that the Mohsen called up is called Salah and not Marwan. 😀

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