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Last Updated: Thursday, 10 August 2006, 15:19 GMT 16:19 UK
Egypt pick Zidan for Uruguay tie
Mohamed Zidan
Zidan is back in the Egypt squad after an eight-month absence

Egypt have recalled Germany-based striker Mohamed Zidan to their squad for next Wednesday's home friendly against Uruguay in Alexandria.

Coach Hassan Shehata has picked Zidan despite vowing never to pick the 25-year-old after his repeated failure to answer national call-ups.

The Werder Bremen forward was left out of Egypt's squad for this year's African Nations Cup finals, which the Pharaohs both hosted and won.

There is also a first call-up for Feyenoord goalkeeper Sherif Ekramy and a return for Greece-based defender Amir Azmi Megahed.

There is still no place in the team for Ahmed 'Mido' Hossam, with whom Shehata had a very public falling-out during the Pharaohs' victorious Nations Cup campaign.

Meanwhile, Mohamed Abou-Treika, Mohamed Barakat, Emad Al-Nahhas and Ahmed Al-Sayed all miss the game through injury.

Next week's match serves a warm-up for Egypt before the African champions begin their bid to qualify for the 2008 Nations Cup in Ghana.

Egypt will host Burundi in their first group match next month.


Goalkeepers: Essam Al Hadari (Ahly), Sherif Ekramy (Feyenoord, Netherlands), Ali Hegazi (Suez Cement), Mostafa Kamal (ENPPI)

Defenders: Tamer Abdelwahab (Zamalek), Abdulzaher El Saqqa (Konyaspor, Turkey), Mahmoud Fathallah (Ghazl Mahalla), Ahmed Fathi (Ismaili), Wael Gomaa (Ahly), Amir Azmi Megahed (PAOK Salonika, Greece), Ahmed Abou Mosalem (Racing Strasbourg, France), Hani Said (Ismaili)

Midfielders: Hosni Abd Rabou (Ismaili), Sherif Al Beyalli (Arab Contractors), Ahmed Al Muhammadi (ENPPI), Mohamed Geddo (Al Ittihad), Ahmed Hassan (Anderlecht, Belgium), Abdelsalam Nagah (Harras Al Hodoud), El Moataz Bellah Mohamed Salama (Zamalek), Mohamed Shawki (Ahly)

Forwards: Abdelhalim Ali (Zamalek), Ahmed Eid Abdelmalek (Harras Al Hodoud), Mostafa Gaafar, Gamal Hamza (both Zamalek), Emad Moteab (Ahly), Amr Zaki (Zamalek), Mohamed Zidan (Werder Bremen, Germany)

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