Muhammad Salah leads Egypt’s ‘powerful’ squad against Ghana


    Egypt coach Hector Cuper has named a 23-man squad for their 2018 World Cup qualifier against Ghana.

    The two heavyweights meet in a high-octane showdown at the Borg El-Arab Stadium in Alexandria on 13 November.

    Argentine Cuper has kept faith with the same group of players who got Egypt’s campaign to a winning start over Congo in Brazzaville in October.

    The squad is headed by Roma winger Mohamed Salah and Arsenal midfielder Mohamed Elneny.

    The pair were in an initial 10-man list of foreign-based players announced by Cuper last month.

    Ahmed Elmohamady (Hull City) and Ramadan Sobhi (Stoke City) are also in the squad.

    Veteran goalkeeper Essam El-Hadary of Wadi Degla was among 13 locally-based players called up on Tuesday.

    The Egyptians kicked off their Group E campaign with a 2-1 win over Congo while the Black Stars were held to a goalless draw by Uganda.

    The Pharaohs, bidding to reach their first World Cup since 1990, lead the group with three points, two ahead of the Black Stars in second place.

    Egyptian authorities have already announced that 75,000 fans will be allowed to attend the match on 13 November in Alexandria’s Borg El-Arab Stadium.


    Goalkeepers: Essam El-Hadary (Wadi Degla), Sherif Ekramy (Al Ahly), Ahmed El-Shennawy (Zamalek)

    Defenders: Ahmed Hegazy (Al Ahly), Ahmed Fathy (Al Ahly), Ahmed Dweidar (Zamalek), Ali Gabr (Zamalek), Hamada Tolba (Al Masry), Mohamed Abdel-Shafy (Ahli Jeddah), Ahmed Elmohamady (Hull City), Omar Gaber (FC Basel)

    Midfielders: Abdallah El-Said (Al Ahly), Momen Zakaria (Al Ahly), Ibrahim Salah (Zamalek), Tarek Hamed (Zamalek), Mostafa Fathy (Zamalek), Mohamed Elneny (Arsenal), Mahmoud Hassan (Mouscron), Ramadan Sobhi (Stoke City), Mohamed Salah (AS Roma), Amr Warda (Panetolikos)

    Forwards: Bassem Morsi (Zamalek), Ahmed Hassan Koka (SC Braga)