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INTERNATIONAL NEWS: SAMY MORSY SET TO FACE TUNISIA AND UAE

31 October 2018

Latics skipper Samy Morsy named in Egypt's squad to take on Africa Cup of Nations qualifying group leaders Tunisia in November.

  • Internationals: Samy Morsy named in Javier Aguirre's Egypt squad for November.
  • The Pharaohs take on Tunisia in Africa Cup of Nations qualifier and UAE in a friendly.
  • Egypt have already qualified for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.

Wigan Athletic captain Samy Morsy has been named in Egypt's national team squad to face Tunisia and UAE in November.

The 27-year-old, who featured in Egypt's 2-0 victory away at eSwatini last month, will be hoping to contribute to his side aiming for top spot in their 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying group, with the Pharaohs battling against Group J leaders Tunisia on Friday 16 November.

The clash at Borg El-Arab, Alexandria, could see Egypt leapfrog Tunisia to top spot, with Aguirre's men currently on nine points from four games and Tunisia on 12 points from four games. Both teams secured qualification for the 2019 tournament with back-to-back victories in the last round of international fixtures.

Egypt will face Niger in their final group stage game in March.

The Pharaohs will be in action again on Tuesday 20 November when they face United Arab Emirates.

Speaking about Egypt's qualification for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations, Morsy told Latics Listen, the club's official podcast:

"Qualifying was a brilliant feeling. We picked up two great results and it was a very good training camp because it was a good opportunity for me to meet the staff and the staff to meet me.

"It was a really positive camp. We've called up a lot of young players recently and the manager has revamped the squad, it's really positive times for Egypt.

"I believe I'm going to get a good chance after speaking to the manager on several occasions.

"International matches are always really exciting and I always feel refreshed when I come back.

"I've done it for a couple of years now and travelling is part and parcel of that commitment. It's a huge privilege, it doesn't last forever and whilst you play for your country you just have to give it your best shot."

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