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Egypt coach calls up six Ahly players for Togo double header; Kahraba out

The Pharaohs will host Togo in the 3rd round of the 2022 African Cup of Nations qualifiers on 14 November, with the two sides scheduled to meet again in the 4th round on the 17th of the same month

Mahmoud Elassal , Monday 2 Nov 2020
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Egypt coach Hossam El-Badry called up six players from Egyptian Premier League champions Ahly to join a preliminary squad ahead of a double header against Togo in the African Cup of Nations qualifiers.

The Pharaohs will host Togo in the 3rd round of the 2022 African Cup of Nations qualifiers on 14 November, with the two sides scheduled to meet again in the 4th round on the 17th of the same month.

According to a statement by the Egyptian Football Association (EFA) Sunday, Ahly's goalkeeper Mohamed El-Shennawi, defenders Ayman Ashraf,  Mohamed Hani, midfielders Amr El-Sulaya, Mohamed "Afsha" Magdi and Hamdi Fathi were called up for the Pharaohs squad.

Ahly’s winger Hussein El-Shahat was excluded from Egypt’s upcoming training camp due to injury.

Ahly's in-form winger Mahmoud "Kahraba" Abdel-Moneim has missed out on the squad reportedly due to "misconduct" in an altercation with EFA's board member Mohamed Fadl during Ahly's Premier League trophy ceremony on Saturday.

Egypt's coach El-Badry had previously called up five foreign-based players including Liverpool star Mohamed Salah and Arsenal midfielder Mohamed Elneny for the squad.

El-Badry also named seven players from CAF Confederation Cup finalists Pyramids FC to join the squad on Friday.

Under the guidance of El-Badry, Egypt were held to draws by minnows Kenya and Comoros in their opening qualifying games for the next Africa Cup of Nations last year.

Egypt, record seven-time African champions, are due to continue their campaign in the Nations Cup qualifiers, but the final dates of the remaining matches haven’t been set yet.

Egypt's preliminary squad:

Goalkeepers:Mohamed El-Shennawi (Ahly), El-Mahdi Soliman (Pyramids), Mohamed Bassam (Talae El-Geish)

Defenders:Ahmed Hegazi (Ittihad of Jeddah), Ayman Ashraf,  Mohamed Hani (Ahly), Ali Gabr, Ahmed Mansour, Mohamed Hamdi (Pyramids), Ahmed Aboul-Fotouh (Smouha)

Midfielders:Amr El-Sulaya, Mohamed "Afsha" Magdi, Hamdi Fathi (Ahly), Ahmed Tawfik, Mohamed Farouk, Ramadan Sobhi, Abdallah El-Said (Pyramids), Akram Tawfik (Gouna), Taher Mohamed Taher (Arab Contractors), Mohamed Sherif (Enppi), Mohamed Elneny (Arsenal),

Forwards:Mohamed Salah (Liverpool), Mahmoud 'Trezeguet' Hassan (Aston Villa), Ahmed 'Kouka' Hassan (Olympiacos FC),Hossam Hassan (Smouha)

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