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Roma's Salah, Arsenal's Elneny join Egypt's training for Nigeria

Egypt's first match against Nigeria in the Africa Cup of Nations is on Friday away while the second clash will be on Tuesday 29 March at home

Eslam Omar , Monday 21 Mar 2016
Egypt
File photo: Egypt's Mohamed Salah, center, trying to get by Ghana's Jerry Akaminko, left, and Rashid Sumaila in Africa's qualifying playoffs. (Reuters)
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The Egyptian duo staring in the European leagues, Roma winger Mohamed Salah and Arsenal midfielder Mohamed Elneny, kicked-off their national duty training ahead of Friday's African Cup of Nations qualifier against Nigeria.

The two Pharaohs stars have started their final trainings for the anticipated away clash on Monday afternoon. The second leg will be held in Egypt on Tuesday 29 March.

The rising Roma and Egyptian star Salah, who was acknowledged for his performance against Real Madrid in the UEFA Champions League two weeks ago, joined the Italian giants last summer after an eye-catching performance in his loan to Fiorentina from Chelsea.

Arsenal midfielder Mohamed Elneny, who began to book a regular place in the starting lineups, became the first Egyptian ever to score against Barcelona in an official match last week during the Gunners' 3-1 away defeat in the UEFA Champions League.

The 23-year-old star Elneny joined the Premier League club in January from Swiss side FC Basel.

The seven-time African champions Egypt won the tournament in their last three participations (2006, 2008 and 2010) but failed to qualify for the next three tournament under helms of various managers including Hassan Shehata, the three-time champions, his assistant Shawky Gharib and American Bob Bradley.

The current Argentinean manager Hector Cuper, 59, promised to make Egypt return to their glory days insisting he is "confident that the team is capable of overcoming Nigeria."

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