Egypt coach calls up new faces for Botswana match, Ahly's skipper Fathi back

Ahmed Abd El Rasoul , Saturday 5 Oct 2019

Ahmed Fathy
Egypt's Ahmed Fathy, left, and Uruguay's Martin Caceres challenge for the ball during the group A match between Egypt and Uruguay at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Yekaterinburg Arena in Yekaterinburg, Russia, Friday, June 15, 2018 AP

Egypt's national team new coach Hossam El-Badry announced on Saturday a 19-man squad from the local-based players; calling up new faces to join the Pharaohs' first camp under his leadership.

Egypt will launch their preparatory camp on Monday ahead of a friendly game against Botswana on 14 October at the Cairo International Stadium.

Ahly's veteran right-back and Egypt skipper Ahmed Fathi was the prominent name among Saturday's squad after being excluded by former coach Javier Aguirre in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations held home last summer.

Zamalek's keeper Mohamed Awad and Ahly's Hussein El-Shahat also rejoined the Pharaohs' squad.

Meanwhile, Ahly's defensive midfielder Hamdi Fathi, Zamalek's left back Abdallah Gomaa and Talae El-Geish's Mohamed Bassam all got their first international call-ups.

On 22 September, coach El-Badry called up five foreign-based players including star winger Mohamed Salah for the Botswana match, before deciding recently to omit the Liverpool player to give him extra time to rest.

The former Ahly player and coach El-Badry was recently appointed as Egypt's national team manager, succeeding Mexican tactician Javier Aguirre who was sacked after quickly exiting the Africa Cup of Nations held home in the 16th round in July.

El-Badry is the first Egyptian manager in Egypt's hot seat in four years following Argentinean tactician Hector Cuper (2015-2018) and Javier Aguirre (2018-2019).

Egypt are competing in the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers alongside the 2022 World Cup qualifiers.

Egypt's full 23-man squad:

Goalkeepers: Mohamed El-Shennawi (Ahly), Mohamed Awwad (Zamalek), and Mohamed Bassam (Talae El-Geish).

Defenders: Ragab Bakar (Pyramids FC), Ahmed Fathi (Ahly), Mahmoud Alaa (Zamalek), Baher Elmohamady (Ismaili), Ahmed Hegazi (West Bromwich), Ayman Ashraf (Ahly), Abdallah Gomaa (Zamalek), and Mohamed Hamdy (Pyramids FC).

Midfielders: Tarek Hamed (Zamalek), Amr Al-Sulaya (Ahly), Hamdy Fathi (Ahly), Abdallah El-Said (Pyramids FC), Mohamed "Afsha" Magdy (Ahly), Hussein El-Shahat (Ahly), Omar Gaber (Pyramids FC), Mahmoud 'Trezeguet' Hassan (Aston Villa), and Mohamed Elneny (Besiktas).

Forwards: Hossam Hassan (Smouha), Omar El-Said (Zamalek), and Ahmed 'Kouka' Hassan (SC Braga). 

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