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Last Updated: Monday, 28 June, 2004, 15:24 GMT 16:24 UK
Mido out (again)
By Amr Shaheen
BBC Sport

Egyptian striker Ahmed 'Mido' Hossam
Mido played in all of Egypt's games at the 2004 Cup of Nations

Egypt coach Marco Tardelli has overlooked forwards Hossam Hassan and Ahmed 'Mido' Hossam once again as he goes in search of World Cup qualification.

The Italian has excluded both players from the Pharaohs squad for the 2006 World Cup and African Cup of Nations qualifier against Benin in Cotonou on 4 July.

Mido, who plays for French side Marseille, has not featured in either of the Pharaohs' two qualifying matches so far.

He missed Egypt's opener against Sudan after not joining the squad in time and then failed to play against the Ivory Coast despite being unexpectedly recalled to the squad.

His absence from Tardelli's latest 24-man selection comes as little surprise given the bitter relationship between the rebellious striker and his coach.

The two fell out before the Sudan qualifier when Mido said he was injured but refused to attend a medical check-up for national team players in Cairo.

When he did eventually visit the team doctor the following week, he was pronounced fit to play even though he was found to be slightly overweight.

Mido still claims to be injured, although the precise nature of his medical trouble is unclear.

Meanwhile, Tardelli has ignored veteran Hassan after Africa's most capped international said he did not want to be summoned for subsequent engagements following his failure to start against Sudan.

Egypt won the game 3-0 in Khartoum, and then suffered a 2-1 reverse at home to the Ivory Coast on 20 June.

Three Europe-based players have been called for the match in Cotonou, with Feyenoord midfielder Hossam Ghali and the Turkey-based duo of Ahmed Hassan and Abdel Zaher El Sakka all expected to be key players.

Despite the Pharaohs' defeat against the Ivory Coast, their first World Cup qualifying loss at home since 1953, Tardelli believes his side is still capable of reaching Germany.

"We have a long way to go, and I think we still stand a chance," he said.

The Pharaohs, who have not reached the World Cup finals since 1990, are in a tough Group 3 alongside Cameroon, Ivory Coast, Benin, Libya and Sudan.


Goalkeepers: Abdel-Wahed El Sayed (Zamalek), Essam El-Hadary (Al Ahly), Mohamed Abdel-Monsef (Zamalek)

Defenders: Mohamed Abdalla (Ismaili), Ahmed El-Sayed & Wael Gomaa (both Al Ahly), Bechir El-Tabey (Zamalek), Abdel Zaher El Sakka (Genclebirligi, Turkey), Mohamed Abdel-Wahab (Enppi), Islam El-Shater (Ittihad Jeddah, Saudi Arabia)

Midfielders: Hosni Abd Rabu, Mohamed Homos & Ahmed Fathi (all Ismaili) Hossam Ghali (Feyenoord, The Netherlands), Mohamed Shawky, Mohamed Abu Treika & Hassan Mustafa (all Al Ahly), Hazem Emam, Tarek El Sayed (both Zamalek), Ahmed Hassan (Besiktas, Turkey)

Forwards: Osama Hosny (Al Ahly), Abdel Halim Ali (Zamalek), Amr Zaki (Enppi) and Mohamed Mohsen Abu-Greisha (Ismaili).

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