Egypt to settle on three goalkeepers after Wednesday's league games

Hatem Maher, Tuesday 31 Jan 2012

Goalkeeping coach will make his choices following Wednesday's Egyptian Premier ‎League fixtures amid fierce competition between four guardians

Ahmed El-Shennawy
Masry goalkeeper Ahmed El-Shennawy is likely to be included in Egypt's squad

Egypt will pick three goalkeepers for the upcoming African Cup of Nations qualifier following Wednesday's Egyptian Premier League fixtures, goalkeeping coach Zaki Abdel-Fattah said.

Abdel-Fattah, who worked with his American boss Bob Bradley in the United States, before accompanying him in his Egypt tenure, faces a selection headache, given the impressive displays of several goalkeepers.

Masry's promising goalkeeper, Ahmed El-Shennawy, Ismaily's Mohamed Sobhi, Zamalek's Abdel-Wahed El-Sayed and Ahly's Sherif Ekramy are vying for three spots in Egypt's squad ahead of the opening Nations Cup qualifier against Central Africa on 29 February.

Veteran keeper Essam El-Hadary, who is widely considered as the finest shot-stopper in Egypt's history, seems out of favour due to lack of action. The 39-year-old has recently joined Ittihad of Alexandria from Sudanese giants Merreikh.

"I will choose the three goalkeepers following Wednesday's league games," Abdel-Fattah said in a phone interview with Ahly TV.

"Ekramy is enjoying a great run of form. He is in our plans, and may be included in the squad."

Egypt, who surprisingly missed out on a place at the 2012 Nations Cup, will be hoping to avoid a similar outcome when they begin their new qualifying campaign against Central Africa.

They will play two friendly games against Botswana and Kenya on 20 and 23 February respectively.

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