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Salah, Kouka called up for Egypt's World Cup qualifiers

Egypt will kick off the 2018 World Cup qualifiers bid against Chad on 14 and 17 November

Eslam Omar , Wednesday 28 Oct 2015
Braga's Ahmed Hassan 'Kouka' celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the Europa League group F soccer match between SC Braga and FC Groningen at the Municipal stadium in Braga, Portugal, Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015 (AP)
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The Egyptian national team will combine five foreign-based players for Chad games in their African qualifiers opener for the 2018 World Cup.

The Pharaohs will play Chad on 14 and 17 November while the foreign-based players are supposed to join the pre-match training camp five days before the first game.

The five players are; Italy's Roma winger Mohamed Salah, Switzerland's Basel midfielder Mohamed El-Nenny, Portugal's Braga Ahmed "Kouka" Hassan, Saudi's Ahly winger Mohamed Abdel-Shafy and Greece's Panetolikos midfielder Amr Warda.

The Egypt-based list is supposed to be announced on 4 and 5 November, two days before their scheduled days to join the camp.

While Egypt were given a bye based on their FIFA ranking, Chad scraped into the second round of the qualifiers on the away goal rule following a 2-2 aggregate draw with Sierra Leon.

The winners of the second-round games will be drawn into five four-team groups, with the leaders directly reaching the 2018 World Cup finals in Russia.

Egypt's last appearance in the world's most prestigious football tournament was in 1990.

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