Egypt start preparations for 2026 World Cup qualifiers

Mahmoud Elassal , Monday 13 Nov 2023

Egypt have started their preparations for the upcoming 2026 World Cup qualifiers, as they gather local-based players and three foreign stars, including Arsenal midfielder Mohamed Elneny, at their training camp in Cairo.

Egypt's Ahmed 'Zizo' Elsayed vs. Algeria's Saeed ben Rahma and Riyad Mahrez - Photo: EFA


The Pharaohs, featured in Group A for the qualifiers, are set to face Sierra Leone on November 19, following their match against Djibouti on November 16.

Head coach Rui Vitoria of Egypt has revealed the final 25-man squad for the two games, which includes nine foreign-based players.

"The Egypt national team commenced their training camp on Monday at one of Cairo's hotels in preparation for the 2026 World Cup qualifiers," stated the Egyptian Football Association.

"All the local-based players and three foreign-based players – Arsenal's Mohamed Elneny, Khaleej FC's Mohamed Sherif, and Ittihad Jeddah's Tarek Hamed – have joined the camp, while the remaining players in the squad will arrive in due course." The statement further added.

Vitoria's squad witnesses the return of Mohamed Sherif, the striker from Khaleej FC, as well as the inclusion of Zamalek's duo Ahmed Fattouh and goalkeeper Mohamed Sobhi, both of whom were previously suspended by their club management.

With aspirations of securing their fourth appearance in the World Cup, the Pharaohs are determined to secure their spot through stellar performances in the qualifiers.

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

Under Vitoria's leadership, Egypt have already secured a place in the 2023 AFCON, scheduled to take place in Cote d'Ivoire in January 2024.

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