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Finalists in profile: Egypt

Finalists in profile: Egypt
By Reuters

09/02/2008 at 21:00Updated

A look at through the squad of the defending champions ahead of the Africa Cup of Nations final.

Goalkeepers

1) Essam Al Hadari (Al Ahli). Born January 15th, 1973. Caps: 82 Goals: 0.

Al Hadari has fought a niggling injury but produced several vital saves, notably in the semi-final against Ivory Coast. Has won all of Africa's top honours at club and national level.

16) Mohamed Abou Moncef (Zamalek). Born February 6th, 1977. Caps: 9 Goals: 0.

A squad member in the 2006 winning team, he has only played intermittently. His Cairo club have been struggling in domestic competition this season.

23) Mohamed Sobhi (Ismaili). Born August 30th, 1981. Caps: 0 Goals: 0.

Recently drafted into squad as third choice and yet to win a cap. Has been an Egyptian Premier League regular for the last five seasons.

Defenders

2) Mahmoud Fathallah (Zamalek). Born February 13th, 1982. Caps: 11 Goals: 0.

Flying full-back who made his debut in a friendly against Saudi Arabia in 2005. Played in first two matches of this tournament before losing his place after a one-match suspension.

3) Ahmed Al Muhammadi (ENPPI). Born September 9th, 1987. Caps: 11 Goals: 0.

One of the few additions since Egypt's triumph in 2006. Made debut last year, although most of his caps have come as a substitute.

4) Ibrahim Said (Ankaragucu, Turkey). Born October 16th, 1979. Caps: 47 Goals: 2.

Popular with fans because of his playboy image, he has not played club football this season. A regular in the 2006 team.

5) Shady Mohamed (Al Ahli). Born November 29th, 1977. Caps: 21 Goals: 0.

Captain of the all-conquering Al Ahli team which reached three successive African Champions League finals from 2005-2007. Made debut for Egypt in 2000 but has played sparingly since, missing out on most of the major tournaments.

6) Hani Said (Ismaili). Born April 22nd, 1980. Caps: 30. Goals: 0.

Played in the 2000 Nations Cup and earned a move to Italy's Serie A before losing his place in the national team. Brought back last year by coach Hassan Shehata and now a regular again.

13) Tarek El Sayed (Zamalek). Born October 9th, 1978. Caps: 44 Goals: 5.

Playing in his fourth successive Nations Cup but has made only one start. A flying left back surprisingly recalled for these finals after two years out of the team.

14) Sayed Moawad (Ismaili). Born May 25th, 1979. Caps: 25 Goals: 0.

Started all five matches for Egypt here. Versatile player who can play at left back or in midfield. He made his debut in 2001 but only worked his way back into the squad over the last 12 months.

20) Wael Gomaa (Al Saylia, Qatar). Born August 3rd, 1975. Caps: 56. Goals: 0.

Uncompromising central defender who was an integral part of the 2006 team. He has played in four Nations Cup finals and has two African Champions League winners medals.

Midfielders

7) Ahmed Fathi (Al Ahli). Born November 10th, 1984. Caps: 54. Goals: 2.

Made debut a month after his 18th birthday and played in the 2006 Nations Cup final in Cairo. Originally a right-back, he is now used as an attacking midfielder.

8) Hosni Abd Rabou (Ismaili). Born November 1st, 1984. Caps: 39. Goals: 6.

Scorer of four goals here and winner of several man of the match awards. Previously played in France with Racing Strasbourg and now involved in a tug of war between Egypt champions Al Ahli and Ismaili over who owns his contract.

11) Mohamed Shawky (Middlesbrough, England). Born October 5th, 1981. Caps: 50. Goals: 3.

Key defensive midfielder who missed the semi-final win over Ivory Coast because of injury. Scored against Cameroon home and away in 2006 World Cup qualifiers.

15) Ahmed Shaaban (Petrojet). Born October 10th, 1978. Caps: 2. Goals: 0.

Late bloomer on international scene, making his debut last month in a warm-up against Namibia. Has not played here.

17) Ahmed Hassan (Besiktas, Turkey). Born May 2nd, 1975. Caps: 135. Goals: 18.

Scored second goal in 1998 Nations Cup final victory over South Africa and named best player of 2006 tournament. Playing in record-equalling seventh Nations Cup.

21) Hassan Mostafa (Al Wehda, Saudi Arabia). Born November 20th, 1979. Caps: 25. Goals: 0.

Hard-working midfielder who was substitute in 2006 final and played a similar back-up role in Ghana. Made debut in 2003 but was not picked again until a year later when Shehata took over as coach.

22) Mohamed Aboutrika (Al Ahli). Born November 7th, 1978. Caps: 45. Goals: 12.

One of the key men in the march to the final, overcoming a bout of flu at the start. Hit five goals in first six internationals although did not score again for 11 games.

Forwards

9) Mohamed Zidan (Hamburg SV, Germany). Born December 11th, 1981. Caps: 14. Goals: 4.

Moved to Denmark as a teenager and then on to the Bundesliga. Scored two goals in opening match of tournament against Cameroon.

10) Emad Moteab (Al Ahli). Born February 20th, 1983. Caps: 39. Goals: 15.

Made excellent start to international career, scoring seven goals in eight games. Has failed to score here although a consistent goal-getter in Al Ahli's African Champions League successes of 2005 and 2006.

12) Omar Gamal (Ismaili). Born September 16th, 1982. Caps: 12. Goals: 0.

Back-up striker who has not featured at this tournament. All but one of 12 caps have come as substitute.

18) Mohamed Fadl (Ismaili). Born August 12th, 1980. Caps: 4. Goals: 2.

Scored debut goal that ensured Egypt's qualification for these finals. Yet to appear in tournament.

19) Amr Zaki (Zamalek). Born April 1st, 1983. Caps: 39. Goals: 21.

Scorer of four goals at these finals including two in the semi-final win over Ivory Coast. Returned to club football in Egypt last year after a brief spell at Lokomotiv Moscow.

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