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Last Updated: Saturday, 21 August, 2004, 14:08 GMT 15:08 UK
Egypt name squad
Amr Shaheen
BBC Sport, Cairo

Ahmed 'Mido' Hossam
Mido is one of four Europe-based players called up
Controversial striker Ahmed 'Mido' Hossam has been named in Egypt's 25-man squad for next month's World Cup qualifier against Cameroon.

The highly-rated but temperamental 20-year-old who plays for Marseille in France is one of four Europe-based players called up by national coach Marco Tardelli.

The Pharaohs are scheduled to go on a training camp in France from 23-29 August. They will play two friendly matches against French second division clubs.

Mido - widely regarded as the bad boy of Egyptian football - has been involved in a number of disputes with Tardelli since the Italian took over as Egypt boss.

But celebrated skipper Hazem Emam has been dropped along with Denmark-based Mohamed Zeidan.

He has apparently set his sights on playing for Denmark rather than the North African country.

The Pharaohs are currently third in their World Cup qualifying group behind the Indomitable Lions and the Ivory Coast.

"It's going to be a tough match but I think you all know that we don't have any other choice but to win," Tardelli told BBC Sport in Cairo.

The match will not be played at the imposing Cairo National stadium which is being renovated for the 2006 African Nations Cup finals.

It will be held at the 40,000 seat Arab Contractors stadium.


Abdel-Wahed El Sayed (Zamalek), Essam El-Hadary (Ahly), Nader El Sayyed (Masry)

Wael Gomaa, Mohamed Abdel-Wahab and Ramy Adel (all Ahly), Bechir El-Tabey (Rizespor, Turkey), Medhat Abdel Hady, Tarek El Sayed (both Zamalek), Abdel Zaher El Sakka (Genclebirligi, Turkey), Osama Hassan (Enppi)

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Ahmed 'Mido' Hossam (Marseille, France), Osama Hosny & Ahmed Belal (both Ahly), Amr Zaki (Enppi) Mohamed Mohsen Abu-Greisha (Ismaili)

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