Egypt announce final squad for FIFA Arab Cup

Ahmed Abd El Rasoul , Saturday 20 Nov 2021

Egypt’s coach Carlos Queiroz announced the final 23-man squad for the FIFA Arab Cup, which will run from 30 November to 18 December, the Egyptian Football Association (EFA) reported on Saturday.

Egypt s coach Carlos Queiroz
Egypt s coach Carlos Queiroz

The Pharaohs were drawn in Group D of the FIFA Arab Cup that will be held in Doha alongside Algeria and the winners of the games between Libya and Sudan, and Lebanon and Djibouti. 

In its opening game, Egypt will play against Lebanon on 1 December.

In October, the Portuguese coach had announced a 35-man preliminary squad for the tournament seen as a dress rehearsal for next year's World Cup finals, which will also be hosted in Qatar.

“The final squad depended mainly on choosing new faces amid preparations for the national team’s future commitments and also to enlarge the team’s selection base,” read a short statement by the EFA.

Future FC’s defender Mohamed Abdel-Moneim, Future FC’s defender Omar Kamal, NBE’s striker Osama Faisal and Smouha’s striker Hussein Faisal got their first ever national team call-up under Queiroz for the Arab Cup.

Zamalek’s versatile midfielder Tarek Hamed was dropped by Queiroz alongside teammate goalkeeper Mohamed Abu Gabal who has been relegated to the bench at Zamalek.

Pyramids FC playmakers Abdallah El-Said and Ramadan Sobhi, and Ahly’s winger Hussein El-Shahat were also excluded despite being included before in the preliminary squad.

Queiroz didn't call any of the foreign-based players in the Arab Cup squad, with the tournament falling outside of the normal international calendar.

The Arab Cup comprises 23 Arab nations, including several North African and Asian heavyweights, such as Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia, and Saudi Arabia.

The nine highest-ranked teams were automatically given group-stage spots. They will be joined by the seven winners of the qualifying stage. The top two in each group will advance to the quarter-finals.

Egypt’s final 23-man squad

Goalkeepers: Mohamed El-Shennawy (Ahly), Mahmoud Gad (Enppi), Mohamed Sobhy (Pharco FC)

Defenders: Ahmed Fatouh (Zamalek), Mohamed Abdel-Moneim (Future FC), Ahmed Yassin (NBE club), Mahmoud "El-Wensh" Hamdi (Zamalek), Ayman Ashraf (Ahly), Akram Tawfik (Ahly), Marwan Dawoud (Enppi)

Midfielders: Hamdy Fathi (Ahly), Amr El-Sulaya (Ahly), Mohanad Lasheen (Talae El-Geish), Emam Ashour (Zamalek), Mohamed Magdi "Afsha" (Ahly), Mostafa Fathi (Zamalek), Ahmed Sayed Zizo (Zamalek), Ahmed Refaat (Masry), Omar Kamal (Future FC)

Strikers: Mohamed Sherif (Ahly), Marwan Hamdy (Smouha), Osama Faisal (NBE club), Hussein Faisal (Smouha)

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