Egypt’s Coach Shawky Gharib announced on Wednesday the Pharaohs’ lineup for a warm-up game against Bosnia on 5 March in Austria.
Veteran goalkeeper Essam El-Hadary has returned to the Egyptian team for the first time in almost a year.
El Hadary played a key role in helping Egypt win three consecutive African Cup of Nations titles in 2006, 2008 and 2010, but fell out of favour after rejecting a bench role with Bob Bradley during a friendly game against Chile in February.
Ahmed Elmohamady is also making a comeback:
Ahmed Elmohamady said on Tuesday he is looking forward to Egypt’s upcoming friendly games,
“Playing with a strong sides from Europe and South America is very useful for many reasons as the new coach is preparing a new generation for the national team,” Elmohamady said on his official website.
“I’m very delighted that Shawky Gharib has been appointed as the new coach for the national team, he has a very good experience of forming solid and promising teams.
“During Bradley’s era, we were playing poor friendlies which were not useful for us at the end when we faced a strong side like Ghana.
“Although Shawky has just taken over the team, but he had the courage to arrange strong friendlies like Bosnia and Chile,” he added.
Zamalek players were not included in the squad due to prior commitments for two African Champions League matches.
Egypt’s 22-man squad :
Goalkeepers: Essam El-Hadary (Wadi Degla), Sherif Ekramy (Ahly, Ahmed El-Shenawy (Masry)
Defenders: Ali Ghazal (Nacional de Madeira – Portugal), Rami Rabiea (Ahly), Shawky El-Said (Ismaily), Ahmed Said ‘Oka’, Tarek Hamed (Smouha), Ahmed Fathi (Ahly), Ahmed El-Mohamady (Hull City), Mohamed Farouk (Arab Contractors), Ahmed Hamody (Smouha), Ibrahim Hassan (Ismaily)
Midfielders: Mohamed El-Neny (Basel -Switzerland)), Hossam Ghaly (Lierse – Belgium), Saleh Gomaa (Nacional de Madeira – Portugal), Ibrahim Abdel-Khalek (Smouha)
Strikers: Mohamed Nagy ‘Gedo’ (Ahly), Mohamed Salah (Chelsea – England), Mohamed Ragab (Petrojet), Amr Gamal (Ahly) and Khaled Kamar (Ittihad El-Shorta)