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Egypt name fourth goalkeeper for Cup of Nation clash against Tanzania

Petrojet's El-Shennawy became the 26th player named to the Pharaohs roster amid preparations for the African Cup of Nations qualifier

Ahram Online , Wednesday 25 May 2016
Petrojet goalkeeper Mohamed El-Shennawy
Petrojet goalkeeper Mohamed El-Shennawy (Photo: Al-Ahram)

The Egyptian national team technical staff, under the helm of Argentinean manager Hector Cuper, have called up a fourth goalkeeper for the Pharaohs training camp ahead of the team's 4 June matchup against Tanzania in the 2017 African Cup of Nations qualifiers.

"Petrojet goalkeeper Mohamed El-Shennawy will join the Egypt camp kicking-off on Thursday," the Egyptian Football Association (EFA) stated Wednesday through their official website.

Cuper has previously called-up three goalies; Essam El-Hadary (Wadi Degla), Sherif Ekrami (Ahly) and Ahmed El-Shennawy (Zamalek) to their 25-man roster released Tuesday before they named the 26th member Wednesday.

Ahmed El-Shennawy and Ahly's Ekrami are causing worry for the technical staff as the two players are currently suffering from injuries.

Born in Kafr El-Shiekh in 1988, Mohamed El- Shennawy was signed to the Cairo-based Ahly between 2002 and 2009 before he joined Talae El-Gaish until 2012.

The goalkeeper showed solid play this season with Petrojet, who stand at 10th in the Egyptian Premier League table despite receiving 26 goals in 28 matches.

Egypt, who are on the verge of reaching the Cup of Nations for the first time since 2010, will secure their place in next year's continental competition with any result better than a 4-0 loss to third-placed Tanzania.

The seven-time African champions stand atop group G with seven points, five ahead of second-placed Nigeria and six clear of Tanzania.

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