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Zamalek, Ahly players back to Egypt squad ahead of Malawi friendly

Ahly and Zamalek players join Egypt squad for Malawi friendly after finishing their CAF Confederation Cup duties

Mahmoud Elassal , Monday 8 Jun 2015
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File Photo: Egypt players look on during their Africa Cup of Nations group G qualifying soccer match in Cairo, Egypt, Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014 (Photo: AP)
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The Egyptian national team coach Hector Cuper has called up Zamalek and Ahly players to complete the Pharaohs' squad for the upcoming Malawi friendly in preparation for the 2017 African Cup of Nations qualifiers.

The Pharaohs' coach delayed calling up Ahly and Zamalek players until they finished their participation in the second leg games of the CAF Confederation Cup round of 16.

Ahly and Zamalek reached the CAF Confederation Cup group stage on Sunday after beating Tunisian side Club Africain and Sanga Balende of DR Congo respectively.

The Argentine Cuper called up eight Zamalek players: Ahmed El-Shennawy, Omar Gaber, Hazem Emam, Ali Gabr, Ibrahim Salah, Ahmed Tawfik, Mostafa Fathi and Bassem Morsi.

Only two players from Ahly, who are still in Tunisia, will join the Egyptian team camp- Saad Samir and Ramadan Sobhi.

Egypt, who have won seven AFCON trophies, have been drawn in Group G of the 2017 qualifiers along with Nigeria, Tanzania and Chad.

The team has been out of action since November when they failed to qualify for the 2015 African Cup of Nations under former coach Shawky Gharib.

Since, Egypt have played only one friendly match in March under Cuper, defeating Equatorial Guinea 2-0.

Egypt full squad:

Goalkeepers: Ali Lotfy (ENPPI), Mohamed Awad (Masry), Ahmed El-Shennawy (Zamalek)

Defenders: Mohamed Abdel-Shafy (Ahly - Saudi Arabia), Karim Hafez (Lierse - Belgium), Rami Rabia (Sporting Lisbon - Portugal), Mahmoud Kawod (ENPPI), Ragab Nabil (Wadi Degla), Hazem Emam, Ibrahim Salah (Zamalek), Saad Samir (Ahly).

Midfielders: Ahmed Fathi (Umm Salal - Qatar), Ahmed Hegazy (Perugia - Italy), Salaeh Gomaa (Nacional - Portugal), Ahmed Hassan Mekky (Haras El-Hodoud), Mohamed Hamdi Zaki (Ittihad of Alexandria), Amr El-Soulia (Ismaily), Mohamed Salem (Arab Contractors), Omar Gaber, Ahmed Tawfik (Zamalek), Ramadan Sobhi (Ahly).

Strikers: Mohamed Salah (Fiorentina - Italy), Salah Ashour, Mahmoud "Kahraba" (ENPPI), Mohamed El-Gabbas (Wadi Degla), Mohamed Ashraf (Talae El-Geish), Mostafa Fathi, Bassem Morsi (Zamalek).

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