Egypt names squad, to rest stars against Niger and Nigeria

Egypt vs. Niger

Egypt has called-up several uncapped players for its March matches against Niger and Nigeria.

The Pharaohs have also chosen to rest England-based stars Mohamed Salah, Ahmed Hegazi, and Ahmed Elmohamady.

Among those returning to the fold is Zamalek defender – and Egyptian Premier League top-scorer – Mahmoud Alaa.

The Pharaohs conclude their 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifying campaign in Niger on March 22, before taking on Nigeria’s Super Eagles in a friendly match on March 26.

Egypt had already secured a place at Africa’s showpiece event before eventually being named emergency host.

The team has a 100% record under Mexican manager Javier Aguirre, winning four matches out of four in AFCON qualifying.

Full squad

Goalkeepers: Mahmoud Genesh (Zamalek), Mohamed Abo Gabal (Smouha), Ahmed El-Shenawy (Pyramids), Amer Amer (El-Entag El-Harby)

Defenders: Omar Gaber, Aly Gabr, Ahmed Ayman Mansour (Pyramids), Mohamed Hani (Ahly), Mahmoud Alaa (Zamalek), Baher Elmohamdy (Ismaily), Karim Hafez (Kasımpasa, Turkey), Ahmed Abo Elfotouh (Smouha)

Midfielders: Amr El-Sulaya (Ahly), Mohamed ElNeny (Arsenal, England), Tarek Hamed (Zamalek), Aly Ghazal (Feirense, Portugal), Nabil Emad (Pyramids), Mahmoud Trezeguet (Kasimpasa, Turkey), Amr Warda (Atromitos, Greece), Islam Gaber (Dakhleya), Ammar Hamdi (Ittihad), Abdel-Rahman Magdi (Ismaily)

Forwards: Kouka (Olympiacos, Greece), Salah Mohsen (Ahly), Mostafa Mohamed (Tala’ El-Geish)

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