Egypt’s Vitoria calls up Salah, Elneny among 9 foreign-based players for World Cup qualifiers

Mahmoud Elassal , Sunday 29 Oct 2023

Egypt's national team coach Rui Vitoria has announced the inclusion of nine foreign-based players in the squad for the upcoming training camp in November, among them Liverpool star Mohamed Salah and Arsenal midfielder Mohamed Elneny.

Salah, Elneny
File Photo Egypt s duo Mohamed Salah and Mohamed Elneny. Reuters


The camp is part of the Pharaohs' training camps 13-21 November to prepare for the for the 2026 World Cup qualifiers.

The Pharaohs will engage in two matches during the camp, against Djibouti on 16 November and Sierra Leone on 19 November, both to be held in Liberia.

The Pharaohs will fine-tune their strategy for the qualifiers, where they will also be facing Djibouti and Sierra Leone.

Also leading the list of foreign-based players is Trabzonspor winger Mahmoud 'Trezeguet' Hassan.

The Portuguese manager has also called up Al-Wakrah SC midfielder Hamdi Fathi, Ittihad Jeddah midfielder Tarek Hamed, and Khaleej FC striker Mohamed Sherif to join the squad.

Completing the roster are Eintracht Frankfurt winger Omar Marmoush, Nantes striker Mostafa Mohamed, and Pendikspor forward Ahmed 'Kouka' Hassan, all of whom will contribute to Egypt's campaign in the World Cup qualifiers.

Egypt is in Group A for the 2026 World Cup qualifiers, alongside Burkina Faso, Guinea-Bissau, Sierra Leone, Ethiopia, and Djibouti.

With aspirations for their fourth appearance in the tournament, the Pharaohs will strive to secure their spot through strong performances in the qualifiers.

Under the guidance of coach Rui Vitoria, Egypt has already secured a place in the 2023 AFCON, scheduled to be held in Cote d'Ivoire in January 2024.

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