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'There is no first keeper in the Pharaohs' squad', says Ekrami

Ahram Online , Monday 30 Nov 2015
Egypt's goalkeeper Sherif Ekrami reacts after the 2014 World Cup qualifying second leg playoff soccer match against Ghana at Air Defence "30 June" stadium in Cairo, November 19, 2013 (Reuters)

Ahly goalkeeper Sherif Ekrami believes there is no first-choice keeper for Egypt, saying any Egyptian guardian can win the sole place in the Pharaohs' starting eleven.

Egypt's goalkeeping coach Ahmed Nagy had said earlier this month that Zamalek keeper Ahmed El-Shenawy is the "first keeper in Egypt," but Ekrami disagreed with his coach.

"All keepers have the same level and there is no difference between them," Ekrami told reporters on Monday.

El-Shenawy has been between the sticks during the majority of Egypt's games since the arrival of Hector Cuper as the team's new coach.

Ekrami believes that former Ahly keeper Essam El-Hadary was the only one who deserves to be named "first keeper," given his great capabilities and that "he showed in all Egypt's games between 2006 and 2010."

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