Egypt’s proposed team for the 2021 African Cup of Nations  led by Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah

The England-based forward is one of a bunch players aiming for a spot in the Pharaohs squad for the African football showcase in January.

Coach Carlos Queiroz has named a 40 ahead provisional team for Egypt’s Africa Cup of Nations campaign in January, which includes Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah and Arsenal’s Mohamed Elneny.

 

Aston Villa winger Mahmoud “Trezeguet” Hassan was also included to the shortlist after returning to action following a year on the sidelines due to a knee injury.

Newcomers such as Ghazl El Mahalla defender Mohamed Fathalla and Smouha full-back Ahmed “Beckham” Ramadan were given opportunities.

The North Africans are competing in the biennial African championship for the 25th time, and they are hoping to set a new record by lifting the diadem for the longest duration.

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Their last appearance on home soil ended in tragedy when they lost to South Africa in the Round of 16 at the Cairo International Stadium, with Thembinkosi Lorch scoring the game’s only goal.

Egypt will begin their preparation camp on December 27, 2021, however their campaign will begin on January 11 at the Roumde Adjia Stadium in Garoua against Nigeria.

They’ll play Guinea Bissau four days later at the same site before taking on Sudan on January 19 at the Stade Ahmadou Ahidjo in Yaounde.

Egypt’s Afcon provisional squad

Goalkeepers: Mohamed Elshenawy (Al Ahly), Mohamed Bassam (Talaea El Gaish), Mohamed Sobhy (Pharco), Mohamed Abu Gabal (Zamalek) (ENPPI)

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Defenders: Ayman Ashraf (Al Ahly), Ahmed Aboul Fotouh (Zamalek), Ahmed Hegazi (Ittihad, Saudi Arabia), Omar Kamal (Future), Ahmed “Beckham” Ramadan (Smouha), Mahmoud Hamdy (Zamalek), Mahmoud Alaa (Zamalek), Mohamed Hany (Al Ahly), Mohamed Yaseen (National Bank), Mohamed Fathall (ENPPI).

Middlefielders: Amr Elsouleya (Al Ahly), Mostafa Fathy (Zamalek), Mohamed “Afsha” Magdy (Al Ahly), Emam Ashour (Zamalek), Mohamed Elneny (Arsenal, England), Abdullah El-Said (Pyramids), Ramadan Sobhy (Pyramids), Ahmed “Zizo” Sayed (Zamalek) (Talaea El Gaish)

Forwards: Mohamed Salah (Liverpool), Mahmoud “Trezeguet” Hassan (Aston Villa), Mostafa Mohamed (Galatasaray, Turkey), Omar Marmoush (Stuttgart, Germany), Marwan Hamdy (Smouha), Ahmed “Koka” Hassan (Konyaspor, Turkey), Ahmed Yasser Rayan (Altayspor, Turkey), Mohamed Sherif (Al Ahly),

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