Salah leads Egypt squad for Burkina Faso and Guinea-Bissau WC qualifiers

Ahram Online , Sunday 26 May 2024

Liverpool winger Mohamed Salah has been included in Egypt’s 25-man squad for the upcoming 2026 World Cup qualifiers against Burkina Faso and Guinea-Bissau on 6 and 11 June, respectively.

Egypt forward Mohamed Salah celebrates after scoring against Mozambique in Africa Cup of Nations 2023. Photo: AFP

The Pharaohs' captain missed the March camp amid reports of being rested, though it later emerged that there were differences between Salah and Egypt’s newly appointed coach, Hossam Hassan.

Sports Minister Ashraf Sobhy revealed that he held talks with both parties to resolve any misunderstandings, confirming Salah's presence in the June camp.

Meanwhile, Eintracht Frankfurt forward Omar Marmoush is a notable absentee from the squad as he is set to undergo hand surgery. Ittihad Jeddah defender Ahmed Hegazi has also been dropped.

Ahly veteran goalkeeper Mohamed El Shennawy and Zamalek winger Ahmed “Zizo” El Sayed have been recalled after recovering from their injuries.

Additionally, Enppi striker Ahmed Amin and Zamalek’s January signing Nasser Maher have been included in the team to launch their international careers.

Egypt's squad

Goalkeepers: Mohamed El Shennawy, Mostafa Shobier (both Ahly), Mohamed Awaad (Zamalek), El-Mahdy Soliman (Ittihad of Alexandria)

Defenders: Akram Tawfik, Mohamed Hany, Mohamed Abdelmonem, Ramy Rabia, Yasser Ibrahim (Ahly), Mohamed Hamdi (Pyramids FC), Ahmed ‘Beckham’ Ramadan (Ceramica Cleopatra).

Midfielders: Hamdy Fathy (Al-Wakrah SC - Qatar), Marwan Attia, Emam Ashour, Mohamed Afsha Magdy, Ahmed Nabi Koka (Ahly), Ahmed "Zizo" El Sayed, Nasser Maher (Zamalek).

Forwards: Mohamed Salah (Liverpool, England), Mostafa Mohamed (FC Nantes - France), Mahmoud ‘Trezeguet’ Hassan (Trabzonspor), Mohamed Sherif (Khaleej FC, Saudi Arabia), Mahmoud El Shami (Masry), Ahmed Amin (Enppi).

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