Elneny leads Egypt’s foreign contingent against Uganda

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Egypt midfielder Mohamed Elneny will be vital against Uganda

Arsenal midfielder Mohammed Elneny leads the cast of fifteen foreign based players named by Egypt coach Hector Cuper for the FIFA 2018 World Cup qualifiers against Uganda.

The Cranes host the Pharaohs on August 31 at Namboole and visit the record African champions six days later in Alexandria.

Besides Elneny, the contingent also has legendary goalie Essam El-Hadary who plays Saudi Arabia’s Tawoun, Aston Villa Ahmed Elmohamady, Stoke City’s Ramadan Sobhi and Sam Morsi of Wigan City.

Others are Mohamed Abdel-Shafi (Ahly Jeddah, KSA), Ahmed Hegazy (West Bromwich, England), Omar Gaber (Basel, Switzerland) and Karim Hafiz (Lens, France)

Egypt last played at the World Cup in 1990 and lead the group that has Ghana and Congo Brazzaville with six points, two better than Uganda Cranes.

The 15 players called up are:

Goalkeeper: Essam El-Hadary (Taawoun, Saudi)

Defenders: Ahmed Elmohamady (Aston Villa, England), Mohamed Abdel-Shafi (Ahly Jeddah, KSA), Ahmed Hegazy (West Bromwich, England), Omar Gaber (Basel, Switzerland), Karim Hafiz (Lens, France)

Midfielders: Mohamed Elneny (Arsenal, England), Mahmoud “Trezeguet” Hassan (Kasimpasa, Turkey), Sam Morsi (Wigan, England), Ramadan Sobhi (Stoke City, England)

Forwards: Mohamed Salah (Liverpool, England), Ahmed Koka (Sporting Braga, Portugal), Mostafa Fathi (Taawoun, Saudi), Amr Warda (CD Feirense, Portugal)