Liverpool superstar Mohammed Salah has been included in the Egypt 28 man squad for their AFCON tests against Kenya and Comoros.
The team will have only five based foreign players after the injury to Olympiakos striker Ahmed Hassan Kouka. There is a chunk of suprises in the team with many players earning their maiden call-ups, most notably Al Ahly’s defensive star Yasser Ibrahim.
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Other players who have received a call up for the first time include Pyramids FC’s Islam Issa and Ahmed Yasser Rayan, who is on loan at Ceramica Cleopatra from Al Ahly, the duo having impressed on the domestic scene.
Mostafa Fathi has been recalled for the first time since 2017 alongside Mohamed Farouk, whose only international appearance came back in 2014. Pyramids FC trio Ramadan Sobhi, Mohamed Hamdi, and Ahmed Tawfik were all left out due to injury.
Egypt will be up against Kenya on March 25 in Nairobi hosting Comoros on March 29 in the final round.
Goalkeepers: Mohamed El-Shennawy (Al Ahly SC), Mahmoud Gennesh (Zamalek SC), Mohamed Bassam (Tala’a El-Gaish SC), Amer Amer (Ceramica Cleopatra FC)
Defenders: Mohamed Hany, Ayman Ashraf, Yasser Ibrahim (Al Ahly SC), Omar Gaber, Ali Gabr, Ahmed Ayman Mansour (Pyramids FC), Ahmed Fetouh, Mahmoud El-Wensh (Zamalek SC), Ahmed Hegazi (Ittihad Jeddah SC).
Midfielders: Mohamed Elneny (Arsenal FC), Amr El-Sulya, Hamdi Fathi, Mohamed Magdy Afsha (Al Ahly SC), Tarek Hamed, Ahmed Sayed Zizo (Zamalek SC), Mohamed Salah (Liverpool FC), Mahmoud Trezeguet (Aston Villa FC), Mohamed Farouk, Islam Issa (Pyramids FC), Mostafa Fathi (Smouha SC).
Forwards: Mostafa Mohamed (Galatasaray S.K.), Hossam Hassan (Smouha SC), Ahmed Yasser Rayan (Ceramica Cleopatra FC), Mohamed Sherif (Al Ahly SC).