Egypt named 11 players from Cairo giants al-Ahly in a 26-man squad for next week’s World Cup playoff against Ghana and dropped English-born defender Adam el-Abd.
Coach Bob Bradley has selected the backbone of his team from the club who made a significant step on Sunday in their bid to retain the African Champions League title by holding CotonSport of Cameroon to a 1-1 draw away in the first leg of their semifinal.
Abd, who scored an own goal in last month’s qualifier against Guinea, has been dropped along with the Belgian-based defensive duo of Ahmed Ouka and Ahmed Samir Farag, the Egyptian Football Association said on their website .
Egypt, who made their last World Cup appearance in 1990, host the return leg in Cairo on Nov. 19. The aggregate winner qualifies for next year’s finals in Brazil.
Goalkeepers: Ahmed al-Shennawi (al-Masry), Sherif Ekrami (al-Ahly), Mohamed Sobhi (Ismaili)
Defenders: Mohammad Abdulshafi (Zamalek), Ahmed Elmohamady (Hull City), Hazem Emam (Zamalek), Ahmed Fathi, Wael Gomaa, Sayed Moawad, Mohammad Naguib, Rami Rabiea, Ahmed Shedid (all al-Ahly)
Midfielders: Mohammad Aboutrika, Abdullah al-Saied (both al-Ahly), Amr al-Sulaya (Ismaili), Hossam Ashour (al-Ahly), Ahmed Eid (Zamalek), Mohamed Elneny (Basel), Hossam Ghaly (Lierse), Mahmoud Kahraba (Luzern), Mahmoud Shikabala (Zamalek), Walid Soliman (al-Ahly)
Forwards: Ahmed Hassan (Rio Ave, Portugal), Mohamed Nagui (Hull City), Mohamed Salah (Basel), Amr Zaki (al-Salmiya)