Salah left out as Egypt announce squad for Niger, Nigeria games
The Egyptian national team technical staff led by coach Javier Aguirre have named their 25-man squad for their ultimate Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Niger and the friendly match against Nigeria.
Egypt have already secured qualification to the African competition after securing 12 points from five rounds to be tied on the top with Tunisia, on the top of being the tournament’s hosts after winning hosting rights in early January.
Egypt will face Niger on March 23, before heading to Lagos for their amicable game against Nigeria on March 26.
Aguirre have excluded Liverpool star Mohamed Salah and West Bromwich defender Ahmed Hegazi and preferred to leave them available for their respective clubs.
Al Ahly quartet Mohamed El-Shennawy, Hussein El-Shahat, Ramadan Sobhi and Marwan Mohsen weren’t called up, whilst Al Wehda goalkeeper Mohamed Awad has been ruled out for injury.
Egypt full squad:
Goalkeepers: Mahmoud Gennesh (Zamalek), Mahmoud Abou-Gabal (Smouha), Ahmed El-Shennawy (Pyramids), Amer Amer (Entag El-Harby)
Defenders: Omar Gaber (Pyramids), Mohamed Hany (Al Ahly), Ali Gabr (Pyramids), Mahmoud Alaa (Zamalek), Baher El-Mohamady (Ismaily), Ahmed Ayman Mansour (Pyramids), Karim Hafez (Kasimpasa), Ahmed Aboul-Fotouh (Smouha)
Midfielders: Amr El-Sulaya (Al Ahly), Mohamed Elneny (Arsenal), Tarek Hamed (Zamalek), Ali Ghazal (CD Feirense), Mohamed Nabil ‘Dunga’ (Pyramids), Mahmoud Trezeguet (Kasimpasa), Amr Warda (Atromitos), Islam Gaber (El-Dakhleya) – Ammar Hamdi (Ittihad of Alexandria), Abdel-Rahman Magdi (Ismaily).
Strikers: Ahmed Hassan Kouka (Olympiacos), Salah Mohsen (Al Ahly), Mostafa Mohamed (Tala’a El-Gaish)
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