CAIRO: Zamalek striker Amr Zaki has been recalled by Egypt manager Hassan Shehata for this month’s CAN 2012 qualifier against Niger.
Shehata named an 18-man squad for the away fixture, excluding Ahly players who face Esperance in the Champions League semi-final on Sunday.
Zaki controversially missed out on Egypt’s opening qualifier against Sierra Leone last month, forcing Shehata to criticize him.
But the Egypt boss seems to have patched things up with the 27-year-old, who has been a first-choice striker for Shehata during the past few years.
There was no place, however, for Zaki’s Zamalek teammate Mahmoud “Shikabala” Abdel-Razeq, who was also blasted by Shehata ahead of the Sierra Leone draw.
Harras Hodoud star Ahmed Eid returned to the squad, despite being on a four-match domestic suspension, so did Zamalek’s Hani Saied.
ENPPI defender Mohamed Nassef earned his first international call-up, amid the absence of first-choice left-back Sayed Moawad due to injury.
Ahly players are expected to complete the list on Monday.
Goalkeepers: Essam Al-Hadari, Abdel-Wahed Al-Sayed (Zamalek), Mohamed Sobhi (Ismaili)
Defenders: Hani Saied, Mahmoud Fathallah, Mohamed Abdel-Shafi (Zamalek), Moatasem Salem (Ismaili), Mohamed Naguib (Police Union), Mohamed Nassef (ENPPI)
Midfielders: Amr Al-Sulaya, Ahmed Khairi (Ismaili), Walid Soliman (ENPPI), Ahmed Elmohamady (Sunderland), Ahmed Eid (Harras Hodoud)
Strikers: Amr Zaki (Zamalek), Ahmed Abdel-Zaher (ENPPI), Ahmed Ali (Ismaili), Ahmed Mekki (Harras Hodoud)