Egypt's head coach Bob Bradley of the U.S. (Photo: Reuters)
Egypt national team coach Bob Bradley has called up 23 players on Saturday for Benin and Cameroon friendlies on 7 and 11 September, respectively, within preparations for the 2014 World Cup qualifiers.
The Pharaohs were supposed to play a friendly against Nigeria on 11 September amid a training camp that will start Monday 3 September and end 11 September, but the Super Eagles refused to play the match in Cairo, asking to move it to Europe.
According to the Egyptian Football Association (EFA) on Saturday, the team's two friendlies are against Benin and instead of playing Nigeria, they will play Cameroon.
Bradley, who picked up 10 foreign-based players for the two matches, didn't include Ahly and ENPPI players, since they are supposed to play each other in the Egypt Super Cup, which will be held on 8 September.
The seven-time African champions were knocked out of the first round of 2012 African Cup of Nations qualifiers after a 4-3 loss on aggregate to Central Africa's Minnows.
They will not play any competitive games until next year, when they host Zimbabwe in their third Group G game in the World Cup 2014 qualifiers in March. Egypt are on top of the group with six points from two games after beating Mozambique and Guinea.
Egypt's squad for Benin and Cameroon ties:
Goalkeepers: Essam El-Hadary (Merreikh) and Ahmed El-Shennawey (Zamalek)
Defenders: Bassem Ali (Arab Contractors); Ahmed Hegazy (Fiorentina); Adam El Abd: (Brighton); Mohamed Abdel-Shafy (Zamalek); Omar Gaber (Zamalek); Basem Aly (Arab Contractors); Ahmed Said Okka (Lierse); Islam Ramadan (Haras El-Hodoud)
Midfielders: Ahmed Elmohamady (Hull City); Hosni Abd-Rabou (Al Nasr); Amr El-Sulaya (Ismaily); Mohamed El-Nenny (Arab Contractors); Hossam Hassan (Rizespor); Mohamed Salah (Basel); Shikabala (Al Wasl); Ibrahim Salah (Zamalek); Mohamed Ibrahim (Zamalek); Ahmed Samir Farag (Lierse); Ahmed Magdy (Ghazl El-Mahalla)
Strikers: Ahmed Hassan Mekky (Haras El-Hodoud); Marawan Mohsen (Petrojet) and Ahmed Temsah (Dakahliya)
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