Cuper announces Egypt’s foreign-based squad for Ghana’s WCQ Game
Hector Cuper, have called up 16 foreign-based players for the Ghana match in the last round of the African qualifiers for the 2018 World Cup, giving Amr Marei his first ever call-up.
The team, who have already clinched the qualifying ticket in Group E, will hold a training camp in the UAE, playing the hosts in a friendly on 9 November, three days before the Ghana game in Cape Coast.
The Ghana-Egypt match on 12 November is redundant for both sides in terms of qualification, but it could be used by Egypt’s Argentinean coach to try new tactics or players.
The foreign-based squad hasn’t seen any major changes, except for the first call-up for striker Amr Marei after he inspired Tunisia’s Etoile du Sahel to make it to the African Champions League semifinals.
Saudi Taawoun’s attacking midfielder Mostafa Fathi has been left out due to injury, being replaced by Amr Warda.
List of players called up:
Goalkeeper: Essam El-Hadary (Taawoun, Saudi)
Defenders: Ahmed Elmohamady (Aston Villa, England), Mohamed Abdel-Shafi (Ahly Jeddah, KSA), Ahmed Hegazy (West Bromwich, England), Karim Hafiz (Lens, France)
Midfielders: Mohamed Elneny (Arsenal, England), Mahmoud “Trezeguet” Hassan (Kasimpasa, Turkey), Sam Morsi (Wigan, England), Ramadan Sobhi (Stoke City, England), Omar Gaber (Basel, Switzerland)
Forwards: Mohamed Salah (Liverpool, England), Ahmed Koka (Sporting Braga, Portugal), Mahmoud Kahraba (Ittihad Jeddah, KSA), Amr Gamal (Bidvest Wits, South Africa), Amr Warda (CD Feirense, Portugal), Amr Marei (Etoile du Sahel, Tunisia)