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Mido’s return boosts Zamalek ahead of Young Africans game

Zamalek striker Ahmed Hossam ‘Mido’ returns to Zamalek squad after two months of absence

Mohamad Mosselhi, Wednesday 29 Feb 2012
Zamalek's Striker Ahmed Hossam (Mido) (Photo: AL-Ahram)
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Zamalek’s coach Hassan Shehata announced on Wednesday the team’s 20-man squad for Saturday’s clash against Tanzanian side Young Africans in the second leg of the African Champions League preliminary round.

The squad included towering striker Mido, who is in line to make his first appearance in two months. The 29-year-old appears in good physical shape after undergoing anintensive program to lose weight.

Mido’s return boosts Zamalek, who will already miss striker Amr Zaki, who scored the equalizer in the 1-1 first-leg draw at Young Africans, due to injury. Benin frontman Razak Omotoyossi and Ahmed Gaafar are also doubtful for the game, which will take place at the Military Academy Stadium in Cairo behind closed doors.

Benin’s Omotoyossi might not make the match because he played with his country in Wednesday’s 0-0 draw against Ethiopia in the 2013 Nations Cup qualifierswhile Gaafar sustained a serious Knee injury in Monday’s training session.

Egypt skipper Ahmed Hassan, who is set to win a record 179th international cap in the Pharaohs’ friendly game against Niger on Wednesday, was included in the squad.

Zamalek’s in-form winger Mahmoud Abdel-Razek ‘Shikabala’, who missed the first leg due to injury, was also named in the roster.

Goalkeepers:Abdel Wahed El-Sayed, Mahmoud Abdel-Rehim

Defenders:Mahmoud Fathallah, Hani Saied,  Mohamed Abdel-Shafy, Sabry Rahil, Ahmed Samir,  Omar Gaber, Hazem Emam

Midfielders: Ahmed Tawfik, Ibrahim Salah,  Mahmoud Abdel-Razek “Shikabala”, Eslam Awad, Nour El-Sayed, Alexis Mendomo, Mahmoud Abdel Razek ‘Shikabala’, Ahmed Hassan.

Strikers:Ahmed Gaafar, Razak Omotoyossi, Ahmed Hossam ‘Mido’

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