Egypt start preparations for Angola, Gabon games in WC qualifiers

Mahmoud Elassal , Monday 8 Nov 2021

Egypt national team started their preparation at Alexandria's Borg El-Arab Stadium for the final two games in the 2022 World Cup qualifiers against Angola and Gabon, with the participation of the domestic players in the Egyptian Premier League.

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Egypt national team players during training on Monday 8 November, 2021. Photo courtesy of EFA Facebook page.

Egypt are leading their Group F, which includes Angola, Gabon, and Libya, with 10 points after winning three matches and equalising in one game.

The seven times African Cup of Nations champions need to claim three points from the coming two games to secure a place in the final qualifiers as only one team in each of the ten groups will qualify for the next round.

Egypt are scheduled to face Angola away from home in the fifth round of the qualifiers on 12 November, four days before hosting Gabon back in Egypt in the sixth and final round of the African World Cup qualifiers.

The Pharaoh's foreign-based players will join the closed camp on Monday before the team flies to Angola later in the week.

Coach Carlos Queiroz has announced 25-man squad for the two games, including Liverpool's winger Mohamed Salah and Arsenal's Mohamed Elneny, who are set to arrive in Cairo on Monday.

Queiroz  excluded Zamalek's midfielder Tarek Hamed and winger Ahmed Sayed Zizo, but recalled Ahly's striker Mohamed Sherif and playmaker Mohamed Magdi Afsha, who were cut from the squad in the previous two games against Libya.

"Queiroz will held a press conference on Monday at Borg El-Arab Stadium as the media will be allowed to attend the first part of the trainings," read a statement on the Egyptian Football Association official website.

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