Brazil 2014: Egypt name initial 33-man squad for Ghana clash

13:07 04/12/2013
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Ahead of their crunch World Cup Qualifying play-off with Ghana, Egypt boss Bob Bradley has selected 10-foreign based players, with local inclusions dominated by Al-Ahly.

The 33-man squad includes FC Basel pair Mohamed Salah and Mohamed Elnery, who helped the Swiss champions to a famous victory at Chelsea last week, while rece nt centurion Mohamed Abou-Treika is also included.

Salah netted in the 4-2 win over Guinea to book their spot in the play-offs, taking his international record to an impressive 17 goals in just 24 games, including five in their last three qualifying games for Brazil 2014.

Salah is joined by English-based Ahmed Elmohamady and Gedo from Premier League side Hull City, while Brighton defender Adam Al-Abd has alsoc been called up.

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The American coach has called-up 11 players from Egyptian champions Al-Ahly who have reached the semi-finals of this season’s ongoing AFC Champions League.

From the other 23 domestic-based players, Zamalek have five representatives, including the recalled frontman Mohamed Ibrahim.

Bradley has made a handful of changes from the squad which defeated Guinea in the decisive Group G match in qualifying with Zamalek’s Abdul-Wahed Al-Sayed and defender Mahmoud Fathallah noticable absentees.

The players will meet up on Wednesday for a warm-up camp with two friendly dates to be arranged before their October 15 first-leg match with the Black Stars.

Egypt provisional squad to face Ghana:

Goalkeepers: Sherif Ekrami (Ahly), Ahmed Al-Shennawi (Masri), Mohamed Sobhi (Ismaili)

Defenders: Wael Gomaa, Rami Rabiea, Ahmed Shedid, Ahmed Fathi, Mohamed Naguib, Sayed Moawad (all Ahly), Mohamed Abdul-Shafi (Zamalek), Ouka (Degla), Adam Al-Abd (Brighton, England), Ahmed Elmohamady (Hull, England), Ahmed Farag (Lierse, Belgium)

Midfielders: Hossam Ashour, Mohamed Abou-Treika, Walid Soliman, Abdullah Al-Saied (all Ahly), Omar Gaber, Shikabala, Ahmed Eid ( both Zamalek) Amr Al-Sulaya (Ismaili), Ahmed Hamoudi (Smouha), Hossam Ghaly (Lierse, Belgium), Ibrahim Salah (Orouba, Saudi Arabia), Mohamed Elneny (Basel, Switzerland), Mahmoud ‘Kahraba’ (Luzern, Switzerland)

Strikers: Mohamed Ibrahim (Zamalek), Ahmed Temsah (Dakhlia), Ahmed Hassan ‘Koka’ (Rio Ave, Portugal), Mohamed Salah (Basel, Switzerland), Amr Zaki (Al-Salmiya, Kuwait), Gedo (Hull, England)


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