Javier Aguirre names four Egypt captains ahead of Niger clash
Egypt new manager Javier Aguirre has named the four players he has appointed as captains ahead of the Niger encounter on Saturday.
Essam El-Hadary served as the Pharaohs’ captain for a while, however, he has announced his retirement from international football recently.
And his vice-captains Ahmed Fathi and Sherif Ekramy were also excluded from the squad that will face Niger, which forced Aguirre to name new captains for the Egyptian national team.
The Mexican manager has revealed that Aston Villa defender Ahmed Elmohamady has been appointed as the new Pharaohs captain and will take on the responsibility starting from the Niger game.
“Ahmed Elmohamady is the first captain, followed by Mohamed Elneny, then Ahmed Hegazi and Mohamed Salah,” Aguirre said on Friday.
“At the moment, the order is based on age and experience,” Aguirre added.
Ahmed Elmohamady has made his senior international debut in August 2007 at the age of 20, winning 84 caps since then while scoring twice.
He was part of the team that won the 2008 and 2010 AFCONs, participated in the 2009 Confederations Cup and the 2017 AFCON, and has travelled with the Pharaohs for the 2018 World Cup.
Egypt will host Niger at Borg El-Arab on September 8 in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier. The Pharaohs have lost their opening game to Tunisia away from home.
The game will also be Aguirre’s first game in charge after he was appointed as Egypt manager around a month ago, succeeding Hector Cuper.
The Pharaohs are currently on a nine-game winless run, having not won a game since their 2-1 win over Congo last October.
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