Egypt manager Héctor Cúper has called-up 15 foreign-based players for Egypt’s penultimate 2018 World Cup qualifier against Congo.
After initially omitting FC Basel right-back Omar Gaber, the Argentine tactician had a change of heart and added Gaber to the list.
Amr Gamal, no longer domestic-based after his loan move from Cairo giants Al-Ahly to South Africa’s Bidvest Wits, is also included as foreign-based member of the team.
Missing again is Greek-based attacking midfielder Amr Warda, who remains estranged from the national team following allegations of off-the-field misconduct.
The Pharaohs face Congo on Oct. 8 and could book their first World Cup finals appearance since 1990 with a win and some help.
Three points for Egypt plus a Ghana win or draw against Uganda the day before would be enough for the North Africans to qualify for next year’s finals in Russia.
If Uganda wins at home, then even a victory won’t be enough for Egypt to qualify before the final matchday in November.
15 foreign-based players called-up
Goalkeeper: Essam El-Hadary (Al-Taawoun, Saudi Arabia)
Defenders: Ahmed Hegazy (West Bromwich, England), Karim Hafiz (Lens, France), Ahmed Elmohamady (Aston Villa, England), Mohamed Abdel-Shafi (Al-Ahli, Saudi Arabia), Omar Gaber (FC Basel)
Midfielders: Mohamed ElNeny (Arsenal, England), Sam Morsi (Wigan Athletic, England), Ramadan Sobhi (Stoke City, England), Mahmoud Trezeguet (Kasımpaşa, Turkey)
Forwards: Mohamed Salah (Liverpool, England), Ahmed Hassan ‘Kouka’ (Sporting Braga, Portugal), Mostafa Fathi (Al-Taawoun, Saudi Arabia), Mahmoud Kahraba (Al-Ittihad, Saudi Arabia), Amr Gamal (Bidvest Wits, South Africa)