The technical staff of the Egyptian National team, under the guidance of American manager Bob Bradley, have announced their 27-man squad for the Sudan training camp.
The Pharaohs, who are currently preparing for 2013 Africa Cup of Nations (CAN) and 2014 World Cup qualifiers, are scheduled to play two friendlies in Sudan, where they will take on Chad on 29 March and Uganda on 31 March.
The 54-year-old American coach has chosen 27 players, with Ahly and Zamalek players only participating in the first game since they have continental engagements with their respective teams.
Next week, Cairo archrivals Ahly and Zamalek will play the second leg of round of 32 of the CAF Champions League against Ethiopian Coffee and Ivory Coast’s Africa Sports.
Egypt has also called ENPPI players to the camp after they too missed previous training sessions due to their participation in the CAF Confederation Cup.
The world's most capped player and the team’s captain, Zamalek midfielder Ahmed Hassan, meanwhile, was eliminated from the squad.
It’s the first time for star midfielders Mohamed Abu-Treika and Hossam Ashour and striker Amr Zaki to join the Pharaohs under Bradley's leadership.
Bradley was named as Egypt's coach last year when former manager Hassan Shehata – who currently coaches Zamaek – resigned after failing to qualify for the 2012 CAN, the tournament he had previously clinched three times in a row.
Bradley coordinated with the Under-23 national team, under the helm of Coach Hany Ramzy, who are now preparing for the 2012 London Olympics before landing key players like keeper El-Shennawey and defender Ahmed Hegazy.
All Egyptian domestic competitions have been suspended since 1 February following the Port Said football tragedy that left more than 70 fans dead and hundreds injured.
Goalkeepers: Essam El-Hadary (Ittihad of Alexandria); and Ahmed El-Shennawey (Masry)
Defenders: Ahmed Hegazy (Ismaily); Moatasem Salem (Ismaily); Mahmud Fathallah (Zamalek); Mohamed Naguib (Ahly); Ahmed Said Okka (Ismaily); Ahmed Dwidar (Ittihad El-Shorta); Ali Fathy (Arab Contractors); and Mohamed Nasef (ENPPI)
Midfielders: Mahmaed Abdel-Shafi (Zamalek); Ibrahim Salah (Zamalek); Mahmoud Abdel-Razek ‘Shikabala’ (Zamalek); Hossam Ghaly (Ahly); Ahmed Fathy (Ahly); Hossam Ashour (Ahly); Mohamed Abu-Trieka (Ahly); Walid Soliman (Ahly); Salah Ashour (Ittihad El-Shorta); Ahmed Khairy (Ismaily); Mohamed El-Nenny (Arab Contractors); Mohamed Salah (Arab Contractors); and Bassem Ali (Ismaily)
Strikers: Amr Zaki (Zamalek); Ahmed Hassan Mekky (Haras El-Hodoud); Ashour El-Taqi (Wadi Degla); and Ahmed Abdel-Zaher (ENPPI)
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