Egypt announce squad for friendlies in UAE

Ahmed Abd El Rasoul , Monday 5 Oct 2015

The Pharaohs will face Senegal and Zambia

Egypt's Mohamed Salah (Photo: Al-Ahram)

Egypt coach Hector Cuper has announced a 25-man squad to travel to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on Monday to take part in a training camp and two friendlies as part of preparations for the 2018 World Cup qualifiers

The Pharaohs are scheduled to play friendlies against Senegal on 8 October and Zambia three days later.

On Friday the Argentine manager announced the inclusion of six foreign-based players in the UAE trip, including a first call-up for Greek club Panetolikos' attacking midfielder Amr Warda.

The involvement of Egypt-based players was announced over Saturday and Sunday, after Cairo clubs Zamalek and Ahly eliminated from the CAF Confederation Cup final.

Egypt will face the winner of Sierra Leone and Chad in the first stage of the 2018 World Cup qualifiers in November.

Egypt are also involved in the 2017 African Cup of Nations qualifiers and are currently top of Group G with six points after beating Tanzania 3-1 in June and Chad 5-1 in September.

The seven-time African champions face Nigeria on 23 March 2016 as Group G continues.

The 25-man squad is as follows:

Goalkeepers: Sherif Ekramy (Ahly), Ahmed El-Shenawy (Zamalek), Ali Lotfy (ENPPI), Mahdy Soliman (Smouha)

Defenders: Saad Samir, Ahmed Hegazy, Rami Rabia, Sabri Rahil, Bassem Ali (Ahly), Ali Gabr, Omar Gaber, Mohamed Abdel-Shafy (Ahly-Saudi Arabia)

Midfielders: Momen Zakaria, Abdallah El-Said (Ahly), Mahmoud Kahraba, Tarek Hamed (Zamalek), Mohamed Elneny (Basel-Swiss), Mahmoud Trezeguet (Anderlecht-Belgian), Amr Warda (Panetolikos)

Strikers: Amr Gamal, (Ahly), Bassem Morsi, Ahmed Hassan Mekki (Zamalek), Mohamed Salah (Roma-Italy), Ahmed Hassan Koka (Rio Ave-Portugal)

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