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Egypt’s coach justifies exclusion of El-Said, Sobhi from national team squad

Egypt's coach justifies exclusion of El-Said, Sobhi from national team squad
Egypt’s assistant manager José Tito has revealed the reasons behind leaving and out of the Pharaohs squad.

Egypt will play two games in March, they will start with an AFCON qualifier against  away from home, before travelling to  to face them in a friendly four days later.

Javier Aguirre has named an experimental squad for the two games, leaving the likes of Mohamed Salah, Ahmed Hegazi, Ahmed Elmohamady, and Ramadan Sobhi, and Abdallah El-Said out of his selections.

On the other hand, he decided to call-up a number of youngsters, namely Mostafa Mohamed, Ammar Hamdi, Islam Gaber, Ahmed Aboul-Fotouh, and Abdelrahman Magdi.

The Mexican manager was heavily criticized for his decision to leave some big names out, especially Abdallah El-Said, who has been impressive since his return to the Egyptian Premier League.

This season, El-Said has scored three goals while assisting six in nine games with Pyramids FC, helping them sit third in the league table.

“Abdallah El-Said is one of the best players in the Egyptian Premier League, but his playing style with Pyramids doesn’t suit us,” Tito said.

“He plays in the number 10 position and sometimes as a false nine. Meanwhile, we use the 4-4-2 formation, which doesn’t suit him.

“There are no doubts about Abdallah El-Said’s abilities, he could still join the national team in the future, but right now, we need two strikers,” he added.

Al Ahly winger Ramadan Sobhi, who returned to the Reds last January, also failed to make the cut, with his agent Nader Shawky saying the decision behind leaving Sobhi out was not a tactical one.

When asked about Shawky’s claims, Tito responded: “We only excluded Ramadan Sobhi for tactical reasons, and I call his agent out to reveal what reasons he is talking about.

“Ramadan Sobhi is not currently in our plans, but he might be with us in the future. There are hundreds of players who deserve a chance,” the Spaniard added.

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