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Cuper picks 7 Ahly players, 3 from Zamalek for Egypt's World Cup qualifier against Congo

The 10 players from the Cairo's two top clubs will be joined by 15 foreign-based players in the upcoming national squad for the decisive World Cup qualifier

Eslam Omar , Tuesday 26 Sep 2017
Uganda's midfielder Tony Mawejje (R) challenges Egypt's midfielder Ramadan Sobhi as Egypt's defender Mohamed Abdel-Shafy controls the ball during the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations group D football match between Egypt and Uganda in Port-Gentil on January 21, 2017 (Photo: AFP)
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Egypt's national-team manager Hector Cuper has called up 10 local-based players to his squad for the much-anticipated 2018 World Cup qualifier against Congo, which takes place at Alexandria's Borg El-Arab Stadium on 8 October.

Seven players from Ahly, including goalkeeper Sherif Ekramy, have made the squad, representing the largest group from a single Egyptian-league side. Three players from Zamalek have also received the call-up.

No other Egyptian clubs are represented in Cuper's 25-man squad, as all 15 of Egypt's foreign-based players were already selected for the Congo match.

"A presser will be held on Monday in the Cairo camp before heading to Alexandria," the team's administrative manager said on the Egyptian Football Association's Facebook page.

Argentinian tactician Cuper, who was criticised for his defensive tactics and squad choices after a shocking 1-0 defeat away to Uganda in the World Cup qualifier on 31 August, needs a win in Alexandria to keep Egypt's qualification hopes alive.

Egypt should officially qualify if they beat Congo in Alexandria and second-placed Uganda stumble against Ghana in the same round.

Seven-time African Cup of Nations champions Egypt are bidding for their third-ever World Cup appearance, ending 28 years of failing to qualify for the prestigious tournament.

Full squad: 

Goalkeepers: Essam El-Hadary (El Taawoun, Saudi Arabia), Sherif Ekramy (Ahly) and Ahmed El-Shennawy (Zamalek)

Defenders: Ahmed Elmohamady (Aston Villa, England), Mohamed Abdel-Shafi (Ahly Jeddah, KSA), Ahmed Hegazi (West Bromwich, England), Karim Hafiz (Lens, France). Omar Gaber (FC Basel), Saad Samir, Rami Rabia, Ahmed Fathi (Ahly), Ali Gabr (Zamalek)

Midfielders: Mohamed Elneny (Arsenal, England), Mahmoud "Trezeguet" Hassan (Kasimpasa, Turkey), Sam Morsi (Wigan, England), Ramadan Sobhi (Stoke City, England), Abdallah El-Said, Hossam Ashour, Saleh Gomaa (Ahly), Tarek Hamed (Zamalek).

Forwards: Mohamed Salah (Liverpool, England), Ahmed Koka (Sporting Braga, Portugal), Mostafa Fathi (Taawoun, Saudi), Mahmoud Kahraba (Ittihad Jeddah, KSA), Amr Gamal (Bidvest Wits, South Africa).




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