Egypt national football team head coach Hector Cuper has named a provisional 27 man squad for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations finals in Gabon.
The Argentine handed surprise call-ups to Zamalek’s Mohamed Ibrahim, Al Masry striker Ahmed Gomaa and Ismaily and former Egypt U20 goalkeeper Mohamed Awad.
Zamalek striker Bassem Morsy has been excluded from the select band of players after falling out with the coaching staff.
The Pharaohs squad includes 11 foreign based players led by AS Roma star Mohammed Salah and Arsenal’s Mohamed Elneny.
Only four players – Essam El-Hadary, Ahmed Elmohamady, Mohamed Abdel-Shafy & Ahmed Fathi – from the current squad have Nations Cup experience.
The Pharaohs will start preparations on January 1.
Four players would be omitted to get the final 23-man squad.
Egypt provisional squad for 2017 Africa Cup of Nations:
Goalkeepers: Ahmed El-Shennawy, Essam El-Hadary, Sherif Ekramy, Mohamed Awad.
Defenders: Ahmed Fathi, Ahmed Elmohamady, Mohamed Abdel-Shafy, Karim Hafez, Hamada Tolba, Ahmed Hegazy, Saad Samir, Ahmed Dweidar, Ali Gabr, Omar Gaber.
Midfielders: Mohamed Elneny, Tarek Hamed, Ibrahim Salah, Abdallah El-Said, Amr Warda, Ramadan Sobhi, Mohamed Ibrahim, Mahmoud Hassan ‘Trezeguet’.
Forwards: Ahmed Hassan ‘Koka’, Ahmed Gomaa, Marwan Mohsen, Mahmoud Abdel-Moneim ‘Kahraba’, Mohamed Salah.