Egypt’s American coach Bob Bradley is seeking to only pick five players from the ongoing training camp in Cairo, assistant coach Diaa El-Sayed revealed on Saturday.
Already settled on his choices from Cairo giants Ahly and Zamalek, Bradley has called up 16 fringe players from other Premier League clubs as the Pharaohs begin a training camp on Saturday.
“The technical staff is aiming to pick five new players from the current camp to join the rest of players from Ahly, Zamalek and the Olympic team,” El-Sayed told Egypt’s state-run news agency MENA.
“I am optimistic that we will explore new talents during that training camp. They can help us in both World Cup and Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers.”
Gouna goalkeeper Mohamed Abdel-Monsef and Ismaily defender Ahmed Samir Farag have been left out of Egypt’s roster.
“Abdel-Monsef suffers from a calf injury that will sideline him for 10 days while Farag is supposed to travel next Tuesday to perform Umrah (lesser-pilgrimage),” Egypt’s goalkeeping coach Zaki Abdel-Fattah revealed.
“Bradley preferred not to call up new players to give the current group the chance to prove themselves.”
Egypt have recently finished their training camp in Qatar after playing three friendly games, defeating Kenya 5-0 and Niger 1-0 before being held to a goalless draw by the Democratic Republic of Congo.
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