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AFCON 2021: Liverpool’s Salah Headlines Egypt Squad

Egypt on Wednesday named its squad for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations scheduled to begin next month in Cameroon.

The tournament is set to kick-off on January across five cities of the Central African nation.

Egypt are in Group D alongside Nigeria, Guinea-Bissau, and neighbours Sudan. Their first match is the tournament is on January 11 against Super Eagles at the Roumde Adjia Stadium in Garoua.

Four days later, they will square up against Guinea Bissau at the same venue before trying Sudan for size on January 19 at the Stade Ahmadou Ahidjo, Yaounde.

Looking at the final 25-man squad selected by Carlos Queiroz, Premier League trio of Mohamed Salah, Mohamed Elneny and Mahmoud Hassan Trezeguet have been included.

Al Ahly star Mohamed Magdy Afsha, Zamalek’s Tarek Hamed, Marwan Hamdi, Ahmed Refaat, Hussein Faisal, and Mostafa Fathi are shocking omissions from the list.

Queiroz will be hoping to go one step further in the 2021 AFCON tournament to diffuse the team’s pain from the 2019 edition.

In 2019, Egypt were eliminated by South Africa at the Round of 16.

Should the North Africans win the 2021 AFCON, they will extend history by becoming the only side to have won the title eight times. Cameroon are the second side with five AFCON titles.

Here is the full Egypt squad;

Goalkeepers: Mohamed El-Shennawy (Al-Ahly), Mohamed Abu Jabal (Zamalek), Mohamed Sobhi (Pharco), Mahmoud Gad (ENPPI)

Defenders: Akram Tawfiq (Al-Ahly), Ayman Ashraf (Al-Ahly), Ahmed Fetouh (Zamalek), Mahmoud Hamdi (Zamalek), Mahmoud Alaa (Zamalek), Mohamed Abdel-Moneim (Future), Ahmed Hegazy (Ittihad Jeddah – Saudi Arabia), Omar Kamal (Future)

Midfielders: Amr Al-Soleya (Al-Ahly), Hamdi Fathi (Al-Ahly), Imam Ashour (Zamalek), Abdullah Al-Saeed (Pyramids), Mohamed Elneny (Arsenal – England), Ahmed Sayed “Zizo” (Zamalek), Mohanad Lasheen (Tala’a El-Jaish)

Forwards: Mohamed Salah (Liverpool – England), Omar Marmoush (Stuttgart – Germany), Mohamed Sherif (Al-Ahly), Mustafa Mohamed (Galatasaray – Turkey), Mahmoud Hassan “Trezeguet” (Aston Villa – England), Ramadan Sobhi (Pyramids)

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