Ahead of the crucial Nations Cup qualifiers against Nigerians Super Eagles, Egypt’s coach, Hector Cuper has called up five foreign-based players, including Roma winger, Mohamed Salah and Arsenal midfielder, Mohamed Elneny.
The seven-time African champions will face the Super Eagles on March 25 at the Ahmadu Bello Stadium, Kaduna before playing the follow-up match four days later in Borg El-Arab Stadium in Alexandria.
Also included is winger Mahmoud Trezeguet’ Hassan who is on loan from Anderlecht to replace injured winger Mohamed Abdel-Shafi, who plays for Saudi side Ahly Jeddah, in the Pharaohs squad.
The five foreign-based players are Mohamed Salah (Roma-Italy), Mohamed Elneny (Arsenal-England), Ahmed Hassan Kouka (Sporting Braga- Portugal), Mahmoud Trezeguet’ Hassan (Anderlecht-Belgium) and Amr Warda (Panetolikos – Greek).
The Pharaohs full squad including local based players will be released on Tuesday.
“Egypt’s national team will start a closed camp on 20 March, three days before traveling to Nigeria,” Egyptian Football Association member, Ihab Liheta said on Monday.
Egypt are leading group G with six points, two ahead of second-placed Nigeria with only the group winners guaranteed automatic qualification for the 2017 Cup of Nations.
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