Egyptian National Team Arrives in Uganda

The Egyptian national football team has arrived in Uganda ahead of a crucial encounter against the Uganda Cranes.

The two teams will lock horns on Thursday at Mandela national stadium in a 2018 World Cup qualifier.

The pharaohs touched base at Entebbe International airport on Tuesday evening with a big contingent comprising of 25 players.

Egypt manager Hector Cuper excluded four players from the squad including Al-Taawoun’s Mostafa Fathi due to injury.

He announced on Tuesday trimming down the squad to 25 players after excluding four other players.

Cuper ruled out Al Ahly duo Ahmed El-Sheikh and Ayman Ashraf, as well as Ismaily goalkeeper Mohamed Awad and Smouha defender Mahmoud Ezzat.

The Argentine coach will however b without defender Ali Gabr who sustained an injury.

The team will reside at Kampala Serena Hotel and will have a training session at Namboole on Wednesday at 4pm.

The two teams will face off twice in a space of a week with Uganda hosting the first leg at Mandela national stadium on 31st August before a return leg in Alexandria on September 5.

Egypt currently top Group E in the African qualifiers with six points, two points above second-placed Uganda, while Ghana sit third with only one point and Congo  Brazzaville languish at the bottom of the group with 0 points.

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

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

Midfielders: Mohamed ElNeny (Arsenal, England), 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, England), Mahmoud Kahraba (Ittihad, KSA), Amr Gamal (Bidvest Wits, RSA), Ahmed Hassan Kouka (Sporting Braga, POR), Hossam Hassan (Smouha).

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