Egypt defender Ezzat called up for Uganda WC qualifier after Gabr sidelined due to injury

Ahram Online , Wednesday 23 Aug 2017

Ali Gabr
Egypt defender Ali Gabr

Egypt has called up Smouha defender Mahmoud Ezzat for the ongoing preparation camp for the anticipated World Cup qualifier against Uganda on 31 August.

The young player is substituting Zamalek's Ali Gabr, who has been sidelined due to injury.

"Ali Gabr needs at least 10 days break due to injury," the Egyptian Football Association (EFA) said on Wednesday afternoon.

Ezzat will join the Pharaohs' training on Thursday.

The Pharaohs are scheduled to fly to Kampala two days before the match, which will take place at the Mandela National Stadium.

The two nations will meet again on 5 September at Alexandria's Borg El-Arab Stadium.

Topping Group E with six points, the Pharaohs are looking for a victory in the Ugandan capital to boost their qualification chances.

Egypt last made it to the World Cup in 1990, and hope to end their 28-year wait with an appearance in Russia next year.

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