Egyptian national team coach Hassan Shehata held a press conference today in Cairo during which he revealed a provisional list of 32 players who were being called up for the Pharaoh's pre-African Cup of Nations training camp.
The squad will then be trimmed to 23 at some point prior to the
December 31st deadline for the submission of team sheets to CAF.
One major surprise in the list is the presence team talisman
Mohamed Aboutrika who had previously been reported to be out of consideration
given that he has a broken bone in his foot. However, it appears that his coach
would like to have his own medical staff evaluate his condition before making a
final decision on whether he should join the team or not.
“Aboutrika and Mido will have fitness tests on Saturday after
which their availability will be determined,” explained Shehata according to
Both Amr Zaki and Mohamed Barakat were overlooked due to their
respective injuries while Mohamed Shawky was also excluded due to fitness
concerns. Another player who was surprisingly left out was Mohamed Hommos.
Receiving their first call up are Al Ahly goalkeeper Ahmed
Adel and midfielder Mostafa Shebeita while Hossam Ghaly makes a return to the team after an extended absence.
Below is the squad in full:
Goalkeepers: Essam Al-Hadary (Ismaili), Ahmed Adel (Ahli),
Abdel-Wahed Al-Sayed (Zamalek), Mahmoud Aboul-Saoud (Mansoura)
Defenders: Wael Gomaa, Sayed Moawad, Ahmed Fathi, Sherif
Abdel-Fadil (Ahli), Mahmoud Fathallah, Hani Said, Mohamed Abdul-Shafi, Hazem
Emam (Zamalek), Moatassem Salem, Ahmed Samir Farag (Ismaili), Ahmed
El-Mohammadi (ENPPI), Abdul-Zaher Al-Saqqa (Eskisehirspor, Turkey)
Midfielders: Ahmed Hassan, Mohamed Aboutrika, Mostafa
Shebeita (Ahli), Shikabala (Zamalek), Abdul-Aziz Tawfik (ENPPI), Walid Soliman,
Mohamed Shaaban (Petrojet), Ahmed Eid (Harras Hodoud), Hosni Abd-Rabou (Ahli,
UAE), Hossam Ghaly (Nassr, Saudi Arabia)
Strikers: Emad Meteb (Ahli), Mido (Zamalek), Ahmed Raouf
(ENPPI), Al-Sayed Hamdi (Petrojet), Geddo (Ittihad), Mohamed Zidan (Dortmund,
Rami Ayari, Goal.com