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Sports News of Thursday, 30 December 2021


AFCON: Pharaohs name 25-man army for Eagles, others

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Nigeria’s Group D opponents Egypt has named a 25-man squad for their Africa Cup of Nations campaign and will regroup on Thursday (today) in continuation of their AFCON preparations in Cairo, PUNCH Sports Extra reports.

The seven-time AFCON winners are aiming to bounce back from their disappointing performance on home soil in 2019, where they crashed out of the tournament losing 1-0 to South Africa in the Round of 16.

The North Africans are making their 25th appearance in the biennial African tournament and they would be aiming to lift the title for a record eighth time.

Our correspondent learnt that the Pharaoh’s camp will open without players from Al Ahly, Zamalek and Pyramids as they will rejoin the team on Saturday because they need to rest following a hectic first half of the Egyptian season.

The players are goalkeepers Mohammed Al Shenawy and Mohammed Abu Jabal, defenders Akram Tawfik, Mahmoud ‘El-Wensh’ Hamd, Ayman Ashraf, Ahmed Fattouh, Mohamed Abdel Moneim and Mahmoud Alaa.

Others are Amr El-Sulaya, Hamdy Fathy, Emam Ashour, Abdallah El-Said, Ahmed Sayed Zizo, Mohammed Sherif and Ramadan Sobhi.

Overseas-based stars Mohamed Salah, Mohamed Elneny, Mahmoud “Trezeguet”, Ahmed Hegazy, Omar Marmoush and Mostafa Mohamed will also join the squad on January 3Meanwhile, Pharaohs coach Carlos Queiroz announced his final squad list for the tournament on Wednesday omitting, Al Ahly midfield star, Mohamed Magdy Afsha and Ahmed Elmohamady from the squad.

The Portuguese coach named three Premier League stars in Liverpool forward, Mohamed Salah, Aston Villa’s Mahmoud Hassan “Trezeguet and Mohamed Elneny from Arsenal in his squad. He also named six players from Al Ahly and Zamalek and two from Pyramids FC. Egypt will face Nigeria in their opening group game on January 11 in Garoua before taking on Guinea-Bissau four days later at the same venue. Their final fixture is against Sudan on January 19 in Yaounde.