The assistant coach says the players have been picked based on the upcoming games.
Egypt boss Carlos Queirozannounced
his side’s squad for their upcoming World Cup qualifiers on Sunday. Leading Group F of the qualifiers, the Pharaohs are only a victory away from securing a spot in the final stage of the qualifying tournament.
However, the 26-man list was not short of surprises. Zamalek midfielder Tarek Hamed was not named in the squad alongside his teammate Ahmed Sayed Zizo. Pyramids FC winger Ramadan Sobhi, who scored for Egypt in their 3-0 win over Libya last month, has also been excluded from the squad.
Ahead of his side’s upcoming qualifier against Angola on Friday, Queiroz suffered a leg injury that prevented him from attending the pre-match press conference.
Queiroz’s assistant Roger De Sa spoke to Egyptian media about the squad choices on Tuesday.
“When we choose players, we have to look who’s fit and who’s not, also some players could be out for injury, so we choose according to the game plan,”
De Sa said.
“Angola are good team, they will be aiming to win, we know that and we are preparing for it.
“We don’t choose younger players just for the sake of it, the ones we chose are all chosen for their performance in the league.
“After watching many league games, we found a lot of players to choose from, and we always aim to improve the performance.
“We have worked with multiple European clubs, and we have a sports psychologist that had worked in Europe as well, we know how to deal with our players."
Asked whether Abdallah El-Said and Mohamed Magdy Afsha could find their places in the starting XI, Roger responded: “
We have multiple individuals that can play multiple roles on the pitch, we will choose whoever fits the game plan. We will be going for the win."
Zamalek were defeated 5-3 by Al Ahly in the Cairo derby on Friday. Asked whether the game has affected the squad choices, the assistant coach responded:
“No, we don’t choose based on one game, it’s a league game that we have watched but it’s not the only one.”
After their game against Angola, Egypt will prepare for their next World Cup qualifier against Gabon on November 16.
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