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Mohamed Salah returns to Egypt squad for World Cup qualifiers

CAN 2023 Salah Suscite Des Inquietudes A Liverpool Apres La Qualification De LEgypte

Liverpool star Mohamed Salah has made a highly anticipated return to the Egyptian national team as head coach Hossam Hassan announced the squad for the upcoming 2026 World Cup qualifiers. Egypt is set to face Burkina Faso and Guinea-Bissau in crucial matches scheduled for June 6 and 10.

Salah’s Return and Key Inclusions

Salah, who missed the March international break due to rest advised by his Premier League club, is back in the squad, bringing a significant boost to the team’s attacking prowess.

The 25-man roster also sees the return of Ahly’s experienced goalkeeper Mohamed El Shennawy and Zamalek’s dynamic winger Ahmed “Zizo” El Sayed.

Their inclusion is expected to add depth and strength to the squad.

Notable Absences

However, the squad announcement also noted the absence of some key players. Eintracht Frankfurt’s striker Omar Marmoush and Ittihad Jeddah’s defender Ahmed Hegazi are notably missing from the lineup.

Their absence will be felt, but the team remains optimistic about their chances with the current selection.

Complete Egypt Squad

The full roster for the matches against Burkina Faso and Guinea-Bissau is as follows:

Goalkeepers:

  • Mohamed El Shennawy (Ahly)
  • Mostafa Shobier (Ahly)
  • Mohamed Awaad (Zamalek)
  • El-Mahdy Soliman (Ittihad Alexandria)

Defenders:

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

Midfielders:

  • Hamdy Fathy (Al-Wakrah SC – Qatar)
  • Marwan Attia (Ahly)
  • Emam Ashour (Ahly)
  • Mohamed Afsha Magdy (Ahly)
  • Ahmed Nabi Koka (Ahly)
  • Ahmed “Zizo” El Sayed (Zamalek)
  • 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)
See also  The Algeria-Ivory Coast match was to be one of the shocks of the first round, ultimately the Algerians saved the honor. Sabri Lamouchi has chosen to rest a few executives of his squad before the clash against Nigeria on Sunday at 4 p.m. But Didier Drogba, Kolo Touré and Salomon Kalou are still established. Yeboah replaces Copa Barry in goal. Overall dominated by the Ivory Coast, Algeria missed a penalty in the first quarter of an hour. Soudani played the penalty well. Traoré belts him at the entrance to the area and the Algerian player turns around to collapse in the area. Ryad Boudebouz shot hard to the left of Daniel Yeboah who was beaten, but the Sochalien's shot was repelled by the post. Algeria misses the opportunity to score its first goal in this CAN. Both teams return to the locker room with a goalless draw. After the break, opposite the start of the match, the ball was monopolized by Vahid Halihodzic's men. By pushing, the Fennecs ended up obtaining a second penalty. Ivorian defender Boka touched the ball with his left arm. Feghouli transforms and offers Algeria's first goal in this CAN. Full skylight for the former Grenoblois. This goal wakes up the Algerians who obtain a second goal from striker Soudani. Ball lost by Kalou on the left and Boka who did not retreat after the corner. Feghouli takes advantage of the boulevard to deliver a marvelous cross for Soudani alone in the fallout which crucifies Yeboah. Ivorian captain Didier Drogba leads the way while his teammates are very apathetic. He reduced the score in the 70th minute. The former Marseillais rises higher than Halliche and places a header at the foot of Mbolhi's post who can do nothing. The Elephants finally got the equalizer 10 minutes from time. Wilfried Bony stands on his right foot 25 meters away to unleash a heavy shot which enters M'Bolhi's goal thanks to the involuntary deflection of Mesbah's chest. In three minutes, Ivory Coast is back.

Preparation and Expectations

The inclusion of Salah and other key players highlights the importance of these qualifiers for Egypt. The team will be looking to secure crucial victories to bolster their chances of making it to the 2026 World Cup.

With the blend of experienced veterans and emerging talents, coach Hossam Hassan is confident in the squad’s ability to perform under pressure.

As the Pharaons gear up for these pivotal matches, fans and analysts alike will be watching closely to see how the team gels and performs on the international stage.

The return of Salah is particularly exciting, as his presence alone can change the dynamics of a game, providing the much-needed edge to propel Egypt towards World Cup qualification.

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