Salah dropped from Egypt squad to face Ghana


Egypt manager Hector Cuper has named a 25-man squad for the Pharaohs’ encounter with Ghana in the final round of the 2018 World Cup qualifiers.

The Pharaohs have sealed their qualification for the World Cup for the first time since 1990 after their 2-1 victory over Congo earlier in October. They will travel to face the Black Stars on November 12 at Cape Coast in the final round of the qualifiers.

Over a week ago, the Argentine manager named 16 foreign-based players for the upcoming game before adding Al-Raed winger Mahmoud Abdel-Razik Shikabala to the list for the first time in three years on Tuesday.

The 61-year-old then decided to drop Liverpool winger Mohamed Salah from the squad to avoid fatigue.

He also included nine local-based players, including six from African finalists Al Ahly and three from Cairo giants Zamalek, namely Sherif Ekramy, Ahmed El-Shennawy, Saad Samir, Ali Gabr, Rami Rabia, Ahmed Fathi, Tarek Hamed, Momen Zakaria and Abdallah El-Said.

Meanwhile, Smouha’s Mohamed Hamdy Zaki wasn’t included in the squad despite chairman Farag Amer confirming late in October that the Egyptian Football Association (EFA) have sent the club a letter, requesting that the 25-year-old joins the national team for the upcoming camp.

Ahead of the final round, the Pharaohs sit top of the group on 12 points, followed by Uganda with eight points. The Black Stars are third on six points, while Congo remain at the bottom of group after collecting one point only.

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