Egypt's national soccer team coach Shawky Gharib (Photo: Al-Ahram)
Egypt's coach Shawqui Gharib said on Thursday his squad that will play against Senegal and Tunisia in the African qualifiers will be announced after the end of the eighth matchday of the Egyptian league scheduled on 5 November.
Egypt will host Senegal in Cairo stadium on 15 November before meeting Tunisia four days later in Tunis.
The Pharaohs will have no choice but to defeat Senegal to keep their hopes alive in the African qualifiers.
Egypt are third in their Group G with six points, just one point behind second-placed Senegal.
The first two teams in each group will qualify for the next year's Africa Cup Nations which will take place in Morocco.
"Our preparations for the two clashes will start on 6 November," Gharib told Ahram Sports on Thursday.
"Our players abroad will join the Pharaohs camp on 10 November."
The Egyptian coach opened the door for new players to join the Pharaohs camp adding the players' performances in the Egyptian League matches is his only criterion to call-up the players."
"The group who played against Botswana is the best in Egypt but if other players impressed me I declare that the door is open for them," he said.
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