Egypt squad missing key players for Senegal, Tunisia qualifiers

Mahmoud Elassal, Friday 7 Nov 2014

Egypt squad for the CAN 2015 qualifiers against Senegal and Tunisia sees new faces replace injured stars

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Egypt players look on after Tunisia's Fakhreddine Ben Youssef scored during their Africa Cup of Nations group G qualifying soccer match in Cairo, Egypt, Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014 (Photo: AP)

Egypt coach Shawky Gharib has named several new faces from the Egyptian Premier League in his 26-player squad for the upcoming 2015 African Cup of Nations qualifiers against Senegal and Tunisia, to replace injured players.

After missing the start of the CAN 2015 qualifiers due to fitness problems, Ahly striker Emad Meteb has been included in the squad to replace injured star Amr Gamal who is out for three months with a ligament injury.

Gharib also dropped Zamalek midfielder Ayman Hefny and Ahly defender Saad Saimr, both of whom are suffering from muscle injuries, and goalkeeper Seherif Ekrami, who will undergo surgery to repair his injured knee.

The Pharaohs tactician also named Arab Contractors striker Mohamed Salem to make his debut on international duty, and included ENPPI goalkeeper Ali Lotfi in the team's squad to replace Ekrami.

Gharib has already named six foreign-based players for his squad including Ahly Jeddah winger Mohamed Abdel-Shafi, who had been excluded from the squad after sustaining a muscle tear in the Saudi League last week.

Egypt are set to face Senegal on 15 November, four days before playing Tunisia, in the fifth and sixth qualifying matches.

The Pharaohs, who won three Nations Cups on the trot before failing to reach two successive tournaments in 2012 and 2013, are third in Group G with six points. Tunisia are top with 10 points, three more than second-placed Senegal.

Egypt squad:

Goalkeepers: Ahmed El-Shenawy (Zamalek), Mohamed Sobhi (Smouha), Ali Lotfi (ENPPI)

Defenders: Ahmed Elmohamady (Hull City - England), Hazem Emam, Ali Gabr (Zamalek), Mohamed Naguib, Sabri Rahil (Ahly), Shawky El-Saied, Bahaa Magdi (Ismaily), Salah Soliman (ENPPI), Ahmed Fathi (Umm Salal - Qatar)

Midfielders: Amr Solaya (Ismaily), Ibrahim Salah (Zamalek), Hossam Ghaly, Walid Soliman, Mahmoud "Trezeguet" Hassan (Ahly), Mohamed Elneny (Basel - Switzerland), Ibrahim Abdel-Khaleq (Smouha)

Strikers: Ahmed Hamoudi (Basel - Switzerland), Mohamed Salah (Chelsea - England), Emad Meteb (Ahly), Khaled Qamar, Moemen Zakaria (Zamalek), Arafa El-Sayed (Talae El-Gaish), Mohamed Salem (Arab Contractors)

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