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Egypt to settle on three goalkeepers after Wednesday's league games

Goalkeeping coach will make his choices following Wednesday's Egyptian Premier ‎League fixtures amid fierce competition between four guardians

Hatem Maher, Tuesday 31 Jan 2012
Ahmed El-Shennawy
Masry goalkeeper Ahmed El-Shennawy is likely to be included in Egypt's squad
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Egypt will pick three goalkeepers for the upcoming African Cup of Nations qualifier following Wednesday's Egyptian Premier League fixtures, goalkeeping coach Zaki Abdel-Fattah said.

Abdel-Fattah, who worked with his American boss Bob Bradley in the United States, before accompanying him in his Egypt tenure, faces a selection headache, given the impressive displays of several goalkeepers.

Masry's promising goalkeeper, Ahmed El-Shennawy, Ismaily's Mohamed Sobhi, Zamalek's Abdel-Wahed El-Sayed and Ahly's Sherif Ekramy are vying for three spots in Egypt's squad ahead of the opening Nations Cup qualifier against Central Africa on 29 February.

Veteran keeper Essam El-Hadary, who is widely considered as the finest shot-stopper in Egypt's history, seems out of favour due to lack of action. The 39-year-old has recently joined Ittihad of Alexandria from Sudanese giants Merreikh.

"I will choose the three goalkeepers following Wednesday's league games," Abdel-Fattah said in a phone interview with Ahly TV.

"Ekramy is enjoying a great run of form. He is in our plans, and may be included in the squad."

Egypt, who surprisingly missed out on a place at the 2012 Nations Cup, will be hoping to avoid a similar outcome when they begin their new qualifying campaign against Central Africa.

They will play two friendly games against Botswana and Kenya on 20 and 23 February respectively.

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