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Egypt U-23s to begin preparations for London Olympics

Olympic squad to attend training camp to make up for suspension of league competition after Port Said disaster

Ahram Online, Monday 5 Mar 2012
Olympics team
Egypt football Olympics team (Photo: Reuters)
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Egypt's Olympic squad will prepare for the London Games with a training camp starting on Tuesday.

“We informed all clubs that the U-23 squad will attend a training camp until the end of August because the Egyptian Premier League is suspended,” team director Alaa Abdel-Aziz told Ahram Online.

Egyptian football competitions have been suspended since 1 February when at least 70 people died at league match in Port Said.

“If the league resumes, the players will be allowed to play for their clubs,” Abdel-Aziz confirmed.

Ramzy announces squad for Basel friendly

U-23 coach Hany Ramzy has named his 25-player squad for a trip to Switzerland where they will play Swiss champions FC Basel in a friendly on 16 March.

The team’s last appearance in the Olympics was in 1992 in Barcelona where they suffered a 2-0 loss to Spain.

The squad:

Goalkeepers:Ahmed El-Shennawy (Masry), Mohamed Bassam (Tala El-Giesh)

Defenders:Saad Samir (Masry), Bassem Ali (Arab Contractors), Ali Fathy (Arab Contractors), Omar Gaber (Zamalek), Mahmoud Alaa (Haras El-Hodoud), Islam Ramadan (Haras El-Hodoud)

Midfielders:Ahmed Sherwida (Masry), Hossam Hassan (Masry), Mahmoud Kahraba (ENPPI), Saleh Gomaa (ENPPI), Ali Lotfy (ENPPI), Mohamed Sobhy (ENPPI), Mohamed El-Nenny (Arab Contractors), Ahmed Hegazy (Ismaily), ), Amr Sulaya (Ismaily), Shehab  Eddine Ahmed (Ahly), Hisham Mohamed (Smouha), Ahmed Magdy (Ghazl El-Mahalla)

Forwards:Mohamed Salah (Arab Contractors), Mostafa Mehanna (Beni Sweif Telephones), Ahmed Shokry (Beni Sweif telephones), Marawan Mohsen (Petrojet), Mohamed Ragab (Petrojet)

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