Egypt coach Vitoria names strong squad for Ethiopia clash

Ahram Online , Tuesday 29 Aug 2023

Egypt coach Rui Vitoria named his final squad for Ethiopia and Tunisia clashes, with four Ahly players included despite the club’s request to exempt their players from the two games.

Rui Vitoria
Egypt s head coach Rui Vitoria. Photo: EFA official Facebook page

The Pharaohs will face Ethiopia on 8 September in a Nations Cup qualifier, before taking on Tunisia in a friendly four days later.

Egypt have already secured their place in the next year’s Africa Cup of Nations after leading their group with 12 points, three points ahead of second-placed Guinea, who secured the group's second qualifying ticket.

Mohamed Salah headlined the list of players called up for the two games, while Tarek Hamed also returned after recovering from injury. 

Meanwhile, Ipswich Town midfielder Sam Morsy returned to the Egypt squad for the first time since 2018.

The list saw the absence of  Trabzonspor winger Mahmoud 'Trezeguet' Hassan who was dropped from the squad due to a rib injury.  

Four Ahly players feature in the squad despite the club’s request to exempt their players from the Pharaohs's camp as the Red Devils are preparing the African Super Cup against USM Alger which will take place in Saudi Arabia on  15 September.  


Goalkeepers: Mohamed El-Shennawy (Ahly), Mohamed Sobhi (Zamalek), Mohamed Abou Gabal (NBE)

Defenders: Mohamed Hany, Mohamed Abdelmonem (Ahly), Omar Kamal (Future FC), Ahmed ‘Beckham’ Ramadan (Ceramica Cleopatra), Mahmoud Marei, Ali Gabr, Mohamed Hamdy (Pyramids FC), Hossam Abdul-Majeed and Ahmed Fattouh (Zamalek)

Midfielders: Marwan Attia (Ahly), Hamdi Fathy (Al-Wakrah SC), Sam Morsy (Ipswich Town), Tarek Hamed (Al-Ittihad), Ahmed Sayed “Zizo” (Zamalek), Mahmoud Hamada (Pharco FC) and Mohamed Reda “Bobo” (Pyramids FC)

Forwards: Mohamed Salah (Liverpool), Mostafa Mohamed (FC Nantes), Omar Marmoush (Eintracht Frankfurt), Ibrahim Adel, Mostafa Fathi (Pyramids FC), Mohamed Sherif (Khaleej FC) and Osama Faisal (NBE Club).

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