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Egypt will have to make do with fixture against Harambee Stars as AFCON qualifiers beckon

The Pharaohs have been drawn into Group “G” alongside Tunisia, Senegal and Botswana. They will kick off their campaign against Senegal on September 5


EGYPT will be playing Kenya on Saturday but it will be a punching bag far below the weight the Pharoahs wished for in their preparations for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers beginning next month.

The Egyptians, ranked fifth in Africa [and 38th in world] will have to make do with Kenya, 28th in Africa and 104 in the world, a poor alternative that could not get past minnows Lesotho in earlier stages of the AFCON eliminator.

Higher ranked

The Pharoahs had approached several other higher ranked nations in North and West Africa, notably Morocco and Ghana but failed to clinch a fixture.

They then turned to neighbours Sudan who declined before confirming with Kenya.

On Saturday Egypt will use a squad made up of 18 local-based players. Foreign-based players will join the team on Sunday.

Dominated

Current Egypt head coach Shawky Gharib was the assistant to Hassan Shehata when the Pharaohs dominated the continent, winning the AFCON three times in a row in 2006, 2008 and 2010.

Egypt have failed to qualify for the past two editions of the tournament in 2012 and 2013 under American coach Bob Bradley.

The Pharaohs have been drawn into Group “G” alongside Tunisia, Senegal and Botswana. They will kick off their campaign against Senegal on September 5.

Holder

Meanwhile, new Kenya coach, Bobby Williamson, a long time holder of the job in neighbouring Uganda, has named an interesting side, bringing in the rare player from outside Nairobi clubs that dominated national selections in the past.

The Scot has drafted in players even from the bottom Kenyan Premier League club, Nakuru All Stars. They have three players in the squad.

Williamson will, however, have to drop Gor Mahia players initially picked because the club has league engagements this weekend. While still topping the table, Gor are three matches behind after taking a break to take part in the recent Cecafa Kagame Cup Club Championship in Rwanda.

SQUADS:

KENYA:

Goalkeepers:

Frederick Jerim Onyango – (Gor Mahia)

Wycliffe Kasaya – (AFC Leopards)

Wilson Obungu – (Bandari)

Shaban Odoji – (Nakuru AllStars)

Defenders:

Vincent Omumbo – (Thika United)

Aboud Omar – (Tusker)

Charles Odette – (Sony Sugar)

David “Calabar” Owino – (Gor Mahia)

Sammy Mejja – (Thika United)

Jackson Saleh – (AFC Leopards)

Bernard Odhiambo – (Nakuru AllStars)

Dennis Ng’ang’a – (Tusker)

Dennis Odhiambo – (Thika United)

Midfielders:

David King’atua – (Thika United)

Brian Osumba – (Tusker FC)

Humphrey Mieno – (AFC Leopards)

Harrison Mwendwa – (Mathare United)

Danson Kago – (Sofapaka)

Godfrey Kataka – (KRA)

Clifton Miheso – (Sofapaka)

Anthony “Teddy” Akumu – (Al Khartoum, Sudan)

Forwards:

John Ndirangu – (Nakuru AllStars)

Jacob Keli – (AFC Leopards)

David Gateri – (South Africa)

Jesse Were – (Tusker)

Timothy Otieno – (Gor Mahia)\

Allan Wanga – (El Merreikh, Sudan)

Gerson Likonoh – (Chemelil Sugar)

Head Coach: Bobby Williamson (Scotland)

Assistant coach: Musa Otieno (Kenya)

Team manager: Simeon Mulama (Kenya)

EGYPT:

Goalkeepers:

Essam El-Hadary – (Ismaily)

Sherif Ekrami – (Ahly)

Ahmed El-Shenawy – (Zamalek)

Amir Abdel-Hamid – (Wadi Degla)

Defenders:

Ahmed Saied Oka – (Smouha)

Shawki El-Saied – (Ismaily)

Mohamed Abdel-Shafi – (Zamalek)

Hazem Emam – (Zamalek)

Omar Gaber – (Zamalek)

Sabri Rahil – (Ahly)

Midfielders:

Hosni Abd-Rabou – (Ismaily)

Ibrahim Abdel-Khaleq – (Smouha)

Mahmoud Trezeguet – (Ahly)

Hossam Ghaly – (Ahly)

Moamen Zakaria – (Zamalek)

Strikers:

Khaled Qamar – (Zamalek)

Amr Gamal – (Ahly)

Hani El-Egazy – (Smouha)

11 foreign-based players:

Mohamed Salah – (Chelsea)

Ahmed Elmohamady – (Hull city)

Mohamed El-Nenny– (Basel)

Ahmed Hamoudy – (Basel)

Ali Ghazal – (Nacional)

Saleh Gomaa – (Nacional)

Mahmoud Abdel-Moneim – (Grasshoppers)

Mahmoud ‘Shikabala’ Abdel-Razik – (Sporting)

Rami Rabea – (Sporting)

Ahmed ‘Koka’ Hassan – (Rio Ave)

Ahmed Hegazy– (Fiorentina)

Ahmed Fathi– (Umm Salal)