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Last Updated: Monday, 27 September, 2004, 10:26 GMT 11:26 UK
Egypt call up new names
Egypt's Italian coach Marco Tardelli
Marco Tardelli has named two new players in his latest Egypt squad
Egypt have included two new players in their 22-man squad for the 2006 World Cup qualifier against Libya on 8 October in Tripoli.

Egypt's Italian coach Marco Tardelli summoned the 20-year-old goalkeeper Sherif Ekramy from Al Ahly and striker Tamer Adel from second division side Arab Contractors.

Ekramy made a name for himself with outstanding performances at last year's World Youth Championships in the United Arab Emirates.

The young 'keeper, who was also the captain of the team, won a place in Fifa's All-Star team for the tournament.

Ekramy seems to be following the famous footsteps of his father Ahmed, who is considered as one of Africa's all-time goalkeeping greats.

One big name that is not on the list is the Al Ahly striker Ahmed Bilal, who failed to pass a fitness test.

Tardelli has also ignored the Zamalek duo of Hazem Emam and Abdel Halim Ali, as a result of their poor performance in the domestic league.

Other names not in the squad are AS Roma's Ahmed 'Mido' Hossam, Al Ahly goalkeeper Essam El-Hadary, Zamalek's Tamer Abdel Hamid and the Denmark-based Mohamed Zidan.

Egypt are currently second in Group Three and are two points behind leaders Ivory Coast.

Cameroon, Libya, Benin and Sudan are the other teams in the group.

Egypt Squad:

Goalkeepers:
Nader El Sayyed (Masry), Sherif Ekramy (Al Ahly), Mohamed Abdel Monsef (Zamalek)

Defenders:
Islam El Shater, Wael Gomaa, Mohamed Abdel-Wahab and Ramy Adel (all Al Ahly), Bechir El-Tabey (Rizespor, Turkey), Tarek El Sayed (Zamalek), Abdel Zaher El Sakka (Genclebirligi, Turkey), Osama Hassan (Enppi)

Midfielders:
Hosni Abd Rabu, Mohamed Abdallah & Ahmed Fathi (all Ismaili), Mohamed Shawky, Mohamed Abu Treika & Hassan Mustafa (all al Ahly), Hossam Ghali (Feyenoord Rotterdam, Holland), Ahmed Hassan (Besiktas, Turkey)

Strikers:
Amr Zaki (Enppi), Mohamed Mohsen Abu-Greisha (Ismaili), Tamer Adel (Arab Contractors)



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