Egypt's 2019 AFCON player profiles: Baher El-Mohamadi provides strength in defence

Ahmed Abd El Rasoul , Thursday 13 Jun 2019,
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Egypt's defender Baher El-Mohamady (L) celebrates with his Egypt's defender Ahmed Elmohamady after scoring a goal during the Africa Cup of Nations qualifier football match Egypt vs Tunisia at the Borg El Arab Stadium, near Alexandria, on November 16, 2018.

Ismaily's in-form central defender Baher El-Mohamadi is one of coach Javier Aguirre's additions to Egypt squad.

He only launched his international career on 8 September, 2018 in a 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Niger, impressing on his debut.

El-Mohamadi, a product of Ismaily's youth system, established a solid partnership with key defender Ahmed Hegazi in Egypt's central defence.

The 22-year-old showed great awareness and confidence to quickly settle in. He became a regular choice for Aguirre, playing five games and scoring once in a 3-2 home win over Tunisia in the final game of the Nations Cup qualifiers.

El-Mohamadi featured in 35 games for Ismaily this season in all competitions and has given his coaches several options, given that he can also play as a right-back. However, he is likely to be deployed in a central role in the Nations Cup.

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