Egypt to play Uganda in Sudan with Ahly, Zamalek players

Eslam Omar, Thursday 29 Mar 2012

Amid preparation for the Pharaohs’ continental competitions, Cairo giants' players will attend Uganda friendly before they leave Sudan Camp to join their clubs for African League

Egypt national soccer team coach Bob Bradley, from the U.S. (Photo: Reuters)

The Egyptian National team, under the leadership of American manager Bob Bradley, will play their first friendly in the Sudan training camp Thursday night.

The Pharaohs are preparing for the qualifiers to the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations and the 2014 World Cup.

Bob Bradley, who replaced the country’s most successful coach Hassan Shehata last year, decided to call 26 players including Cairo giants’ Ahly and Zamalak stars to the camp.

Ahly and Zamalek will miss the camp’s second friendly against Chad on Saturday as they have to join their clubs for the CAF Champions League round 32 matches.

The 52-year-old coach chose five players from Ahly: defender Mohamed Naguib, midfielder Hossam Ghaly, Ahmed Fathy, Walid Soliman and  Mohamed Abu-Trieka, who joins the Pharaohs for the first time under his leadership. Midfielder Hossam Ashour was called but he missed the camp due to injury.

From Zamalek, there are defenders Mahmud Fathallah, midfielder Mahmaed Abdel-Shafi, Ibrahim Salah, Mahmoud Abdel-Razek "Shikabala" while striker Amr Zaki was also ruled out because of an injury.

All Egyptian domestic competitions have been suspended since 1 February following the Port Said football tragedy that left more than 70 fans dead and hundreds injured.

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