Egypt national team general manager Mohamed Shawky discussed the choices of foreign-based players joining the team in the next camp.
Following the departure of Portuguese coach Carlos Queiroz, Ehab Galal was named as the new Egypt manager just last April and the AFCON qualifiers will be his opening games.
The Pharaohs are placed in Group D alongside Guinea, Malawi, and Ethiopia, with the top two teams reaching the finals in the summer of 2023 in the Ivory Coast.
Egypt will first host Naby Keita’s Guinea on June 2 in Cairo, before traveling to Malawi in order to face Ethiopia four days later on June 6.
Shawky made a few comments regarding the foreign-based players’ list, sharing reasons behind Ahmed Hamdi’s first call-up and Kaharaba’s exclusion.
“The national team camp starts on the 30th of May, we are also preparing for a friendly game against South Korea,” Shawky said.
“Ahmed Hamdi is called up for the first time, but we have been watching him for a while now.
“About Kahraba, he could join in the future, but for now, we preferred to pick players who were recently called up during the past few months.”