Egypt has named a preliminary 25-man squad for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) to be held next month on home soil.
Despite announcing his retirement from international football earlier this year, Ahly playmaker Walid Soliman was included in manager Javier Aguirre’s list.
Also named in the same position was Pyramids FC’s Abdalla El-Said, a favorite of former Pharaohs coach Héctor Cúper.
Egyptian Premier League top-scorer Ahmed Aly was also included, in a squad that will be without prominent wingers Ramadan Sobhy and Mahmoud Kahraba of Cairo giants Ahly and Zamalek respectively.
“We called-up two extra players in case of any injuries during the comping period,” said Egypt assistant coach Hany Ramzy.
He added that the team will submit its final 23-man roster on June 11.
The Pharaohs will start an AFCON training camp on June 6, followed by friendlies against Tanzania on June 13 and Guinea on June 16. Both matches will be at Alexandria’s Borg El-Arab Stadium.
Egypt will host African football’s showpiece event for the first time since 2006, with the continent’s best squaring off from June 21 to July 19.
Goalkeepers: Mohamed El-Shenawy (Ahly), Mahmoud Gennesh (Zamalek), Mohamed Abou-Gabal (Smouha), Ahmed El-Shenawy (Pyramids FC)
Defenders: Ahmed Elmohamady (Aston Villa, ENG), Ahmed Hegazi (West Bromwich Albion, ENG), Ali Ghazal (Feirense, POR), Omar Gaber (Pyramids FC), Ayman Ahsraf (Ahly), Mahmoud Hamdy (Zamalek), Baher Elmohamady (Ismaily), Ahmed Ayman Mansour (Pyramids FC), Mahmoud Alaa (Zamalek), Ahmed Aboul-Fotouh (Smouha)
Midfielders: Mohamed ElNeny (Arsenal, ENG), Walid Soliman (Ahly), Abdalla El-Said (Pyramids FC), Tarek Hamed (Zamalek), Amr Warda (Atromitos), Nabil Emad (Pyramids FC), Mahmoud Trezeguet (Kasımpaşa, TUR)
Forwards: Mohamed Salah (Liverpool, ENG), Ahmed Aly (Arab Contractors), Marwan Mohsen (Ahly), Ahmed Hassan Kouka (Olympiacos, GRE)