WORLD CUP FOCUS: Ahmed Nagy hints on Sherif Ekramy’s return for Egypt national team

WORLD CUP FOCUS: Ahmed Nagy hints on Sherif Ekramy’s return for Egypt national team
Sherif Ekramy

by Phumzile Ngcatshe

Wednesday Apr 18, 2018. 09:00

Egypt national team goalkeeper coach Ahmed Nagy has dropped a hint that Al Ahly goalkeeper Sherif Ekramy could return to the Pharaohs set-up.

The hint comes amid the preparations for the 2018 FIFA World Cup after the recent injury of Zamalek's keeper Ahmed El-Shenawy.

After some shaky performances with the Red Devils that cost him his place in the starting line-up in favour of teammate Mohamed El-Shenawi, the 34-year-old Ekramy was sidelined in Egypt's first training camp for this year's much anticipated World Cup in Russia.

The Pharaohs, who reached the World Cup finals after ending a 28-year absence, camped in Switzerland in March where they lost in two friendly matches against Portugal and Greece.

"It is normal to call Ekramy for the national team. He is a veteran international keeper and one of Egypt's basic squad,” Nagy told an Egyptian radio station on Tuesday.

“He played our last official match against Ghana and was one of the best players."

Speaking of El-Shennawy, Nagy said he wished the net minder a speedy recovery and the best of luck in his recovery.

"I wish Ekramy the best of luck," added Nagy.

"I am very sad for Ahmed El-Shenawi. He was totally unlucky.

"I talked to him after the injury and I told him that he will be the first player to travel to us in Russia.

"He deserves that, because he has been with the team since the World Cup campaign started. I wish him a speedy recovery."





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