Mohamed Elneny of Egypt during the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations Finals football match between Mali and Egypt at the Port Gentil Stadium in Gabon on 17 January 2017 ©Chris Ricco/BackpagePix
Wednesday Sep 20, 2017. 12:30
Ahead of their 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Congo, Egypt coach Hector Cuper has called up 14 foreign-based players for the encounter.
The Pharaohs mentor has started preparing for the Group E clash set for Sunday, October 8 at Borg El-Arab Stadium in Alexandria.
Egyptian media reports indicated that among those called up again is South African-based Amr Gamal, who joined Bidvest Wits on loan from Al Ahly.
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Topping Group E with nine points, the Pharaohs are looking for a victory over Congo to boost their chances of a place in the 2018 World Cup finals in Russia.
If Egypt win the encounter, they will only need Ghana to beat Uganda in their next Group E clash to ensure a place in Russia next year.
Egypt last made it to the World Cup in 1990 and hope to end their 28-year wait with an appearance in Russia.
The 14 foreign-based players
Goalkeepers: Essam El-Hadary (Taawoun, Saudi)
Defenders: Ahmed Elmohamady (Aston Villa, England), Mohamed Abdel-Shafi (Ahly Jeddah, KSA), Ahmed Hegazy (West Bromwich, England), 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), Mahmoud Kahraba (Ittihad Jeddah, KSA), Amr Gamal (Bidvest Wits, South Africa).