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Foreign based players join Egypt camp for Congo clash

Egypt will face Congo in the 2018 World Cup qualifiers on 9 October

Ahram Online , Monday 3 Oct 2016
Egyptian player Ahmed Elmohamady (AP)
Egyptian player Ahmed Elmohamady (AP)
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In the lead-up to crucial game against Congo in the 2018 World Cup qualifiers, Egypt's national squad is getting a boost at the training camp, thanks to a number of players based abroad. Among them are Hull City winger Ahmed Elmahamady, Excelsior Mouscron midfielder Mahmoud Hassan “Trezeguet” and Ittihad of Jeddah winger Mahmoud 'Kahraba' Abdel-Moneim.

The Egypt crew—including players based abroad and players who play in domestic competitions—will fly to Congo on Friday, in preparation for the first round of the 2018 World Cup qualifiers group stage on Sunday 9 October.

"The Egypt squad will be completed when the remaining players, Mohamed Abdel-Shafi who plays for Ahly Jeddah, Basel's defender Omar Gaber, Roma winger Mohamed Salah, Arsenal midfielder Mohamed El-Neny Stoke City forward Ramadan Sobhi and Braga's Ahmed Hassan 'Kouka', arrive late on Monday," read a statement on the Egyptian Football Association website.

Egypt coach Hector Cuper has named the 24-man squad for the coming crucial game against Congo, which includes 9 players based abroad.

In June, World Cup-hungry Egypt were drawn in a tight group at the qualifiers' final round alongside Ghana, Congo and Uganda.

Seven-time African champions, Egypt has made only two World Cup appearances, both in Italy in 1934 and 1990.
 

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