Salah rests, Shikabala returns as Egypt finalize squad for Ghana qualifier

Egypt squad

Egypt manager Héctor Cúper has named his final squad for the Pharaohs’ Nov. 12 World Cup qualifier against Ghana.

The team has already made it to the 2018 FIFA World Cup finals in Russia next summer, but must play-out their final qualifier in Kumasi.

Cúper is resting Liverpool winger Mohamed Salah, Egypt’s most influential player and a finalist for the African Player of the Year award.

The squad also sees the return of mercurial playmaker Shikabala, who returns to the Pharaohs fold after a three-year absence.

Full squad

Goalkeepers: Essam El-Hadary (Al-Taawoun, KSA), Ahmed El-Shennawi (Zamalek), Sherif Ekramy (Ahly)

Defenders: Omar Gaber (FC Basel, SUI) Ahmed Fathi, Saad Samir, Ramy Rabia (Ahly), Ali Gabr (Zamalek), Ahmed Elmohamady (Aston Villa, ENG), Mohamed Abdel-Shafi (Al-Ahli, KSA), Ahmed Hegazi (West Bromwich, ENG), Karim Hafiz (RC Lens, FRA)

Midfielders: Moemen Zakareya , Abdallah El-Said (Ahly), Tarek Hamed (Zamalek), Mohamed ElNeny (Arsenal, ENG), Mahmoud Trezeguet (Kasimpasa, TUR), Sam Morsi (Wigan, ENG), Ramadan Sobhi (Stoke City, ENG), Mahmoud Shikabala (Al-Raed, KSA)

Forwards: Ahmed Hassan Kouka (Braga, POR), Mahmoud Kahraba (Ittihad, KSA), Amr Gamal (Bidvest Wits, RSA), Amr Warda (Atromitos, POR), Amr Marei (Etoile du Sahel, TUN)

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