Egypt national team manager, Javier Aguirre, announced Egypt’s preliminary squad for 2019 African Cup of Nations hosted by Egypt in the summer.
Aguirre called the big names like Liverpool Egyptian winger, Mohamed Salah and Arsenal’s Mohamed Elneny beside many surprising calls like Al-Ahly’s Walid Soliman and Ahmed Ali of Arab Contractors who returned to the national team after years of absence.
The squad will join the national team camp in Borg El Arab Stadium on 6 June and they will play two friendly games against Tanzania and Guinea on 13 and 16 June respectively.
Aguirre’s chosen squad consists of:
Goalkeepers: Ahmed El Shenawy, Mohamed El Shenawy, Mahmoud Genesh, Mohamed Abo Gabal
Defenders: Ahmed Elmohamady, Ahmed Hegazi, Omar Gaber, Ali Gazal, Ayman Ahsraf, Mahmoud Hamdy, Baher Elmohamady, Ahmed Ayman Mansour, Mahmoud Alaa, Ahmed Abou-Elfotouh.
Midfielders: Walid Soliman, Abdallah El-Said, Mohamed Elneny, Tarek Hamed, Mahmoud Trezeguet, Amr Warda, Nabil Emad.
Forwards: Ahmed Ali, Mohamed Salah, Marwan Mohsen, Ahmed Hassan Kouka.
The AFCON starts on June 21 and ends on July 19. The tournament takes place with the participation of 24 teams in six groups for the first time in the history of the African competition.
Egypt plays in Group A alongside the Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda and Zimbabwe.