Egypt's Olympic team announce squad for Burundi test

Ahmed Abd El Rasoul , Tuesday 7 Apr 2015

The Olympic team claimed a 2-0 away victory over Burundi in the first leg of the final qualifying round last March

Egypt's under-23 team coach Hossam El-Badry has announced a 21-man squad that will face Burundi in the return leg of the final round of the 2015 All-Africa Games qualifiers.

The young Pharaohs are favourites to reach the All-Africa Games finals when they host Burundi in the second leg on 12 April in Cairo after claiming a 2-0 victory away in the first leg last March.

The All-Africa Games will take place in Brazzaville, Congo from 3-18 September.

El-Badry, who has tested dozens of players in several training camps since taking charge of the team in late November, is to lead the Olympic team until the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Upon his appointment, El-Badry vowed to build a new generation of skilled players to aid the senior team in their bid to reach the 2018 World Cup.

Under former coach Hani Ramzy, Egypt qualified for the 2012 Olympics in London for the first time in 20 years. They were knocked out in the quarterfinal after slumping to a 3-0 defeat to Japan.

The full 21-man squad:

Goalkeepers:Mosaad Awad (Ahly), Hassan Shahin (Arab Contractors), Mahmoud Hamdy (Maqassa)

Defenders:Rami Rabia (Sporting Lisbon), Mohamed Hani (Ahly), Ragab Nabil (Wadi Degla), Bazoka (Ittihad of Alexandria), Hossam Ghaly (Smouha), Mahmoud Hamdy (El-Geish), Osama Ibrahim (ENPPI), Mohamed Adel Gomaa (Masry), Ahmed Samir (Zamalek)

Midfielders:Kahraba (ENPPI), Mohamed Fathi (Ismaily), Amr Warda (Ittihad of Alexandria), Mohamed Ashraf Tawfik (El-Geish), Ramadan Sobhy (Ahly), Mahmoud Hassan 'Trezeguet' (Ahly)

Strikers:Shokry Naguib (Ismaily), Huessin Ragab (Maqassa), Mohamed Salem (Arab Contractors)

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