Salah, Kouka called up for Egypt's World Cup qualifiers

Eslam Omar , Wednesday 28 Oct 2015

Egypt will kick off the 2018 World Cup qualifiers bid against Chad on 14 and 17 November

Braga's Ahmed Hassan 'Kouka' celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the Europa League group F soccer match between SC Braga and FC Groningen at the Municipal stadium in Braga, Portugal, Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015 (AP)

The Egyptian national team will combine five foreign-based players for Chad games in their African qualifiers opener for the 2018 World Cup.

The Pharaohs will play Chad on 14 and 17 November while the foreign-based players are supposed to join the pre-match training camp five days before the first game.

The five players are; Italy's Roma winger Mohamed Salah, Switzerland's Basel midfielder Mohamed El-Nenny, Portugal's Braga Ahmed "Kouka" Hassan, Saudi's Ahly winger Mohamed Abdel-Shafy and Greece's Panetolikos midfielder Amr Warda.

The Egypt-based list is supposed to be announced on 4 and 5 November, two days before their scheduled days to join the camp.

While Egypt were given a bye based on their FIFA ranking, Chad scraped into the second round of the qualifiers on the away goal rule following a 2-2 aggregate draw with Sierra Leon.

The winners of the second-round games will be drawn into five four-team groups, with the leaders directly reaching the 2018 World Cup finals in Russia.

Egypt's last appearance in the world's most prestigious football tournament was in 1990.

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