Arsenal's Elneny joins Egypt's preparatory camp in Alexandria for 2019 AFCON

Mahmoud Elassal , Sunday 9 Jun 2019,
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Arsenal midfielder Mohamed Elneny arrived on Sunday in Alexandria to join the Egyptian national team's closed camp ias part of preparations for the 2019 African Cup of Nations (AFCON), the Egyptian Football Association announced.

Despite his limited playing time at Arsenal, Elneny remains a key player in Egypt's starting line-up thanks to his impressive work rate and commitment in the heart of the midfield.

Elneny only made 17 appearances with Arsenal in all competitions last season, providing one assist, amid reports linking him with a move away from the Gunners in the summer.

The 26-year-old made his debut with Egypt in a Nations Cup qualifier in 2011 and he went on to make 70 international appearances, an impressive record at his age.

Egypt will face Tanzania in a friendly game on Thursday at Alexandria's Borg El-Arab Stadium.

The Pharaohs have begun their final preparatory closed camp, two weeks ahead of the beginning of the African football tournament in Egypt on 21 June.

AFCON has been expanded to 24 teams and will run between 21 June and 19 July.

The record seven-time African champions Egypt will play in Group A alongside DR Congo, Uganda and Zimbabwe.

Egypt will kick off the tournament by playing Zimbabwe on opening day.

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Egypt
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Uganda
1 1 1 4
DR Congo
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Zimbabwe
0 1 2 1
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2 1 0 7
Nigeria
2 0 1 6
Guinea
1 1 1 4
Burundi
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Group C W D L P
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Senegal
2 0 1 6
Kenya
1 0 2 3
Tanzania
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Morocco
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Cote d'Ivoire
2 0 1 6
South Africa
1 0 2 3
Namibia
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Mali
2 1 0 7
Tunisia
0 3 0 3
Angola
0 2 1 2
Mauritania
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Group F W D L P
Ghana
1 2 0 5
Cameroon
1 2 0 5
Benin
0 3 0 3
Guinea Bissau
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