Warda dropped, Gomaa returns as Egypt names World Cup qualifying squad to face Uganda

Egypt squad

Egypt manager Héctor Cúper has named a 29-man squad in preparation to face Uganda in back-to-back 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.

The squad includes the return of Ahly midfielder Saleh Gomaa to the fold.

Gomaa, who turned 24 earlier this month, put in a number of impressive displays in the second half of Egypt’s domestic season.

Amr Warda, meanwhile, was dropped from the squad after initially being included in a list of 15 foreign-based players.

The attacking midfielder, who recently moved to Portugal’s Feirense, is facing allegations of sexual harassment.

Cúper’s squad also sees the inclusion of three true strikers, a position thought by many to be thin for Egypt and one in which the Argentine has been accused of ignoring.

These include Sporting Braga’s Ahmed Hassan Kouka, Ahly-turned-Bidvest-Wits striker Amr Gamal, and Smouha’s Hossam Hassan.

Cúper’s charges will hold a closed training camp from Aug. 21 to Aug. 23.

The Pharaohs take on the Cranes in Kampala on Aug. 31, before the teams head to Alexandria to face-off again on Sept. 5.

The matches will go a long way in determining the fate of Group E.

Egypt currently leads with six points, followed by Uganda with four points, Ghana with one point, and Congo with zero points.

Full squad:

Goalkeepers: Essam El-Hadary (Al-Taawoun, KSA), Sherif Ekramy (Ahly), Ahmed El-Shennawy (Zamalek), Mohamed Awaad (Ismaily)

Defenders: Ahmed Fathi, Saad Samir, Rami Rabia, Ayman Ashraf (Ahly), Ali Gabr (Zamalek), Ahmed Hegazi (West Brom, ENG), Ahmed Elmohamady (Aston Villa, ENG), Mohamed Abdel-Shafy (Ahli, KSA), Karim Hafez (RC Lens, FRA), Omar Gaber (FC Basel)

Midfielders: Mohamed ElNeny (Arsenal, ENG), Ramadan Sobhi (Stoke City, ENG), Sam Morsy (Wigan Athletic, ENG), Mahmoud Trezeguet (Kasımpaşa, TUR), Mostafa Fathi (Al Taawoun, KSA), Abdallah El-Said, Hossam Ashour, Ahmed El-Sheikh, Saleh Gomaa (Ahly), Tarek Hamed (Zamalek), Mohamed Fathi (Ismaily)

Forwards: Mohamed Salah (Liverpool, ENG), Mahmoud Kahraba (Ittihad, KSA), Amr Gamal (Bidvest Wits, RSA), Ahmed Hassan Kouka (Sporting Braga, POR), Hossam Hassan (Smouha)


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