Femi Solaja with agency report
AS Roma’s Mohammed Salah and Arsenal’s Mohammed Elneny headlined the 23-man team announced wednesday by Egypt coach, Hector Cuper, for the two-legged games against Nigeria in the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations Group G qualifier in Kaduna next week Friday. The return leg holds four days later in Alexandria.
Expectedly, players from Zamalek and Al Ahly dominated the Pharaohs who are aiming to do a double over the Super Eagles enroute qualifying for the continental football fiesta in Gabon next year.
Veteran goalkeeper Mohammed El Hadary who was recalled to the Pharaohs made the cut which is a reward for his stellar performances in the Egyptian top flight this season.
First choice goalkeeper Sherif Ekramy has shaken off a knock and will be available for the game against the Super Eagles.
According to reports in the Egyptian media yesterday, the Egyptians will jet into Kaduna via a chartered flight on March 23rd for the March 25th clash with Eagles.
The Pharaohs, who last won the tournament in 2010, still top the Group G on six points from two games while Eagles are next, two points behind the leaders.
GOALKEEPERS: Essam El Hadary (Wadi Degla); Ahmed El Shenawy (Zamalek) , Mohamed El Shenawy (Petrojet).
DEFENDERS: Hazem Emam (Zamalek); Ahmed Dwedar (Zamalek) , Ahmed Hegazy (Al Ahly) , Omar Gaber (Zamalek) , Rami Raiea (Al Ahly) , Sbary Rahil _Al Ahly) , Aly Gabr (Zamalek) , Hamada Tolba (Zamalek).
MIDFIELDERS: Hossam Ghaly (Ahly); Abdullah Al Saied (Al Ahly) , Ibrahim Salah (Smouha) , Mohamed Elneny _Arsenal) , Mohamed Salah (Roma) , Mahmoud Hassan Terezguet (Anderlechet) , Tarek Hamed (Zamalek) , Ramadan Sobhy (Al Ahly) , Moastafa Fathy (Zamalek) , Aymen Hefny (Zamalek) , Amr Warda (Penaliokos)
STRIKERS: Marwan Mohsen (Ismaily); Ahmed Hassan ‘Kouka’ (SC Braga) , Amr Gamal (Al Ahly).