ENPPI left-back, Marwan Daoud, has been called-up by the Egyptian national team coaching staff to replace the injured Mohamed Hamdi in the AFCON.
Egypt travelled to Garoua this morning, where they will play their group stage games with Nigeria and Guinea-Bissau, with their clash against Sudan being held in Yaoundé.
The Pharaohs were handed a heavy blow 24 hours before their flight, after it was revealed that many members of team contracted Covid-19. These names include goalkeeper Mohamed Abogabal as well as Pyramids FC youngster Ibrahim Adel.
Goalkeeping coach Essam El-Hadary also tested positive along with other members of the coaching staff such as Mohamed Salah, Ali Mohamed Ali, performance analyst Gerard Moore and recovery specialist Mostafa Sadek.
Egypt had prepared for this scenario and called-up three extra players for the reserves list which included the above-mentioned Ibrahim Adel, his Pyramids FC teammate Mohamed Hamdi, who sustained a knee injury on Friday, and Smouha striker Marwan Hamdi.
However, two of the players from that list have been officially ruled-out (Adel and Mohamed Hamdi), with the latter being replaced with ENPPI’s Marwan Daoud.
Daoud was among the initial 40-man squad for AFCON and was with the team in Qatar for the FIFA Arab Cup, where he had his first two international caps and scored in their win over Jordan.