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El-Sulaya returns to national team as Aguirre names squad for Tunisia clash

El-Sulaya returns to national team as Aguirre names squad for Tunisia clash
Egypt manager has announced his squad of local-based players for the Pharaohs’ encounter against Tunisia in the 2019 AFCON qualifiers.

Javier Aguirre will want to prove himself in his first real test as the Pharaohs manager when Egypt host Tunisia at Borg El-Arab, Alexandria on Friday, November 16.

The Pharaohs have already secured their place in the AFCON tournament in Cameroon following back-to-back victories against eSwatini and a 6-0 victory over Niger.

Their only loss in the qualifiers came away from home against The Eagles of Carthage, who have also qualified for the final tournament with four wins from four.

Aguirre had already called-up 11 foreign-based players, before naming another 16 domestic players in the squad on Sunday.

Despite his heroic performances for Al Ahly in the CAF Champions League, Walid Soliman failed to make the squad, with Aguirre calling six players from the Red Devils, Marwan Mohsen, Salah Mohsen, Ayman Ashraf, Mohamed El-Shennawy, Mohamed Hany, and .

El-Sulaya returns to the squad only two days after scoring in the CAF Champions League final, and it becomes his first international call-up since June 2015, when he played 81 minutes against Malawi in an international friendly.

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Zamalek trio Tarek Hamed, Mahmoud Hamdy El-Wensh, and Mahmoud Gennesh also made the cut, however, the club’s top scorer and most consistent performer Mahmoud Alaa was snubbed.

Ismaily’s Baher Elmohamady, Mohamed Mahmoud of Wadi Degla, Smouha keeper Mohamed Abo-Gabal were also called-up.

El-Dakhelya winger Islam Gaber made a return to the national team after he was included in the squad that faced Niger earlier in September alongside Pyramids’ full-back Mohamed Hamdy.

Aguirre has also handed Arab Contractors’ midfielder and Pyramids’ defender their debut call-ups to their squad.

Other notable names to miss the cut are Ali Gabr, Ahmed Fathy, Omar Gaber, Saad Samir, Hossam Ashour, Hossam Hassan, and Ahmed Ali.

The 16 local-based players:

Mohamed El-Shennawy, Ayman Ashraf, Mohamed Hany, Amr El-Sulya, Marwan Mohsen and Salah Mohsen (Al Ahly), Tarek Hamed, Mahmoud Hamdy El-Wensh, Mahmoud Gennesh (Zamalek), Baher El-Mohamady (Ismaily), Ahmed Ayman Mansour and Mohamed Hamdy (Pyramids), Mohamed Abou-Gabal (Smouha), Islam Gaber (El-Dakhelya), Taher Mohamed Taher (Arab Contractors), Mohamed Mahmoud (Wadi Degla)

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