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2021 AFCON: Egypt Announce 40-Man Preliminary Squad 

2021 AFCON: Egypt Announce 40-Man Preliminary Squad 

Egypt head coach Carlos Queiroz on Sunday announced a 40-man preliminary squad for the 2021 African Cup of Nations scheduled to be held in Cameroon between 9 January and 6 February.

According to a statement by the Egyptian Football Association (EFA), the final 23-man squad will be announced by the end of December.


The seven-time African champions are in Group D with Nigeria, Guinea-Bissau and Sudan.

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The Pharaohs key midfielder Tarek Hamed is the prominent absentee in the preliminary squad as the Zamalek star remains unfavorite choice for Queiroz who also excluded him from the recent FIFA Arab Cup. 

Queiroz also dropped Smouha winger Hussein Faisal while Ghazl El-Mahalla’s defender Mohamed Fathallah got his first international call up in Sunday’s announced squad.

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Liverpool star winger Mohamed Salah, Arsenal’s midfielder Mohamed Elneny and Aston Villa winger Mahmoud ‘Trezeguet’ Hassan are the prominent names among the foreign-based players called up for next year’s AFCON.

Queiroz didn’t call any of the foreign-based players for the Arab Cup given the tournament falls outside of the normal international calendar.

He said repeatedly before the Arab Cup that he would use it to try out new strategies and inject fresh blood before the AFCON and an anticipated World Cup qualifying playoff in March.

Under the guidance of Queiroz, Egypt recently secured a place in the final qualifying round of the 2022 World Cup qualifiers, which will be played next March in a two-legged form against another group leader.

Egypt’s 40-man preliminary squad:


Mohamed El-Shennawy (Ahly), Mohamed Fawzy (Ismaily), Mohamed Sobhy (Farco), Mahmoud Gad (Enppi)


Ayman Ashraf (Ahly), Ahmed Fatouh (Zamalek), Ahmed Hegazy (Ittihad of Jeddah), Akram Tawfik (Ahly), Mahmoud ‘El-Wensh’ Hamdi (Zamalek), Mahmoud Alaa (Zamalek), Ahmed Yassin (NBE), Mohamed Hany (Ahly), Mohamed Abdel-Monem (Future FC), Mohamed Hamdy (Pyramids FC), Mohamed Fathallah (Ghazl El-Mahalla), Ahmed Ramadan Beckham (Smouha), Marawan Dawoud (Enppi)


Omar Kamal (Future FC), Amr El-Sulaya (Ahly), Mostafa Fathi (Zamalek), Mohamed Magdi “Afsha” (Ahly), Emam Ashour (Zamalek), Mohamed Elneny (Arsenal), Abdallah El-Said (Pyramids FC), Ramadan Sobhy (Pyramids FC), Ahmed Sayed Zizo (Zamalek), Ibrahim Adel (Pyramids FC), Ahmed Refaat (Future FC), Nabil ‘Dunga’ Emad (Pyramids FC), Hamdy Fathy (Ahly), Mohanad Lasheen (Talae El-Geish)


Mohamed Salah (Liverpool), Mostafa Mohamed (Galatasaray), Omar Marmoush (Stuttgart), Marwan Hamdy (Smouha), Ahmed “Kouka” Hassan (Konyaspor), Ahmed Yasser Rayyan (Altay), Mahmoud ‘Trezeguet’ Hassan (Aston Villa), Mohamed Sherif (Ahly).

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  • LET US FAIL WITH OUR OWN 11 months ago

    Eguavon we are still waiting for our list…… And what date is our friendlies? Which teams are we playing the friendlies with?? And How many before the Afcon??

  • Igbekun Abo 11 months ago

    This list does not faze Eguavoen one bit. We are demolishing Egypt with minutes to spare at the Afcon.

  • LET US FAIL WITH OUR OWN 11 months ago

    We are demolishing Egypt with minutes to spare. Hahahahaha @Igbekun Abo even Chief Eguavon will laugh when reading that your statement.. don’t play yourself Oga. On a normal, Egypt without Salah will be hard…

    • Please , there is nothing spectacular about the Egyptian team , its just an average team , even with Mo Salah, na ordinary team.

  • MONKEY POST 11 months ago

    LMAO!!! Which one is this funny I.D again? Anyway they are still collecting their bribe expecially from those new five faces he promised adding. Am sure when they are done they will release the names.LMAO!!!

    You want to demolish a stubborn North African team.. That majority of their players are from their league and so the chemistry is already there…Hahahahaha I laff in Pidgin English.

    • Michel 11 months ago

      I know it will take some time to clear the mess of a list that rohr initially submitted,take ur time and give us a good list

    • Marvelous 11 months ago

      This is when a country’s league is working. 95% of the players are playing in Egypt! Can we parade even 65% of NPFL players to nations cup? NFF is our problem.

  • dominic 11 months ago

    In Egypt list so many Home base

  • MONKEY POST 11 months ago

    But wait a bit. Is that not their legendary goal keeper in that pic? still very much active? Right from the days of their Jay Jay Okay. Wow! That is the experience some of hate to hear…

  • pompei 11 months ago

    This expression LET US FAIL WITH OUR OWN has become so popular now. It will soon become a political party slogan.
    In fact, it will soon replace UNITY AND FAITH, PEACE AND PROGRESS in Nigeria’s coat of arms. Hahahahaha!

    • Toholo 11 months ago

      ‘LUFWOO’ is such a stupid statement only fit for losers. O ma se o.

      • pompei 11 months ago

        Poke, na so we see am ooo.
        LUFWOO has become our national motto.
        Failure is acceptable, even desirable, as long as it’s with our own.
        We dey here dey look.

  • MONKEY POST 11 months ago

    @Pompei LMAO!!! No body will buy into that bro. It’s so lame! Cos on a contrary since it’s your own, you are suppose to join hands and make him win. I mean if you no wish or support your brother wetin you gain? Who you wan come support?

    • pompei 11 months ago

      Looool, Monkey Post. That’s why my own motto is:
      If it is with our own, fine. If it has to be with a foreigner, fine. As long as we are successful. LET US SUCCEED, PERIOD!

      • @Chai, you are too smart @Pompei.

        You deeply disappointed just because Oga Rohr have been asked to go and having our “own” in charge, you are not too pleased with that but mark my words, Mr. No nonsense will wow you and other Oga Rohr followers in Cameroon.

        You should see that Oga Rohr have failed. He left a disjointed team that can never win a tea cup for Nigeria.

        A team that had no links.

        No style of play.

        No vision and ambitious to strive for something spectacular.

        No good goalies that we can rely on.

        You wanted NFF to continue doing a shabby job with Oga Rohr?

        “As long as we are successful. LET US SUCCEED, PERIOD”!

        There’s no way Nigeria can be successful in that kę. Almost six years of our world class coach, Amaju and Oga Rohr himself doesn’t want to play Algeria, Egypt, Senegal and Morocco. So then, tell me which team the current Super Eagles can beat if we have to qualify to the world cup and win the next year Afcon in Cameroon?

        Don’t forget that our major objective is to have a formidable team. A team that can withstand any treat from any team in the world and stand its ground.

        If you are not convinced enough, Eguavoen will do what exactly what Belmadi have been doing with the Algeria.

        I hope you understand that Belmadi has transforming the Algerian team since he has started working with the team.

        Something is about to happen under Mr. No nonsense. Please support him. If you have any help to render, the coach says you are more than welcome to do so.

        Eguavoen official Instagram is widely open on Instagram for us all to help our “own” to succeed.

        Eguavoen is our own but we can’t follow him blindly. We are humans and we make mistakes that is why Mr. No nonsense has said that we the fans can help him because he can not do it alone.

        Oga POMPEI, we need your support and prayers before your own wishes can come into effect.
        “That’s why my own motto is:

        This is the time “our own” needed us most. Let’s support them my dear friend, Pompei.

        One love Nigerians. God bless Nigeria!!!

  • MONKEY POST 11 months ago

    LMFAO!!! It reminds me of Buhari and the North.. Now they are all lamenting that they failed with their own… LMAO!!!

  • MONKEY POST 11 months ago

    Wow! Yours is epic! I love that.. Let us just succeed. E no matter who be the Coach.. na so. I love it. Oil dey your head.. You see why I said it is bright minds like you that inspired me to join this forum.. Not some lame ass niggas with some lame ways of thinking

  • SAMUEL 11 months ago

    Some persons are still pained that rohr was sacked !!! While some had moved ahead to wish the Nigeria super eagles a good outing in next AFCON 2022.I have come to realize some things in life which is,it has turned out to be a blessing to some players like nwakali,awoniyi,Sadiq,alhassan and Dennis because rohr never gave them chance fully to show themselves instead rohr has some certain players he must invite to camp whether fit or not.Under eguavoen as coach,some players will not see jersey again while some new ones that have been waiting for call ups will get their blessings fully.Such is life.
    Please though am not the coach,but eguavoen should look for replacement for balogun and ekong.He should look deep around our local league,we have them and they will not disappoint him.
    May God help coach eguavoen and the nigerian team in next year AFCON 2022.

  • MONKEY POST 11 months ago

    That is football and life for you. So people should stop wailing and tell Eguavon to submit the list..Everybody must not get a chance under the same coach. There is timing for everything. The same Rohr that gave Osimehn, chukwueze, Okoye etc a call up, would have been overlooked if it were to be other coaches. Even flash for phone Dem for no receive.. every coach get him ideal player wey go bring am success for mind..

  • LET US FAIL WITH OUR OWN 11 months ago

    @Zeha January 11 will decide.I wish my country all the best anyway.And @Michel the same mess of a list qualified you for the Afcon you are about to participate in now. SMH.

  • pompei 11 months ago

    Omo9ja, your comment has landed yaaaaa once again into the Lagos lagoon.
    You need to stop these OSA STRAIGHT comments.
    You’re talking as if I don’t support Eguavoen. When everybody was crying gloom and doom after he was appointed, and even you was crying for Amunike and Egbo, was I not one of the first forumites to support Eguavoen? I talked about his past achievements, especially how he whitewashed Algeria 5-2 in their backyard in 2005. And I clearly stated that Eguavoen and co have what it takes to succeed, but the biggest opponent they have to defeat is not Egypt, or Senegal, or Tunisia, or even the red hot Algeria. Their biggest opponent is NFF ONIGBESE!
    So I do support Eguavoen. I supported Eguavoen before you, Omo9ja!
    But I’m not willing or happy to fail with Eguavoen or anybody. Even if Eguavoen is a member of my family, I’m not interested in failing with him. I expect nothing but success. When Rohr did well, I supported the heck out of him. When performances went south, I complained. My regrets with Rohr’s dismissal is that he should have been sent off with more appreciation of what he accomplished in the past, and we should have hired a world class coach, and have Nigerians like Eguavoen, Finidi, Amunike, Egbo work with him, so that when he leaves, Nigerian coaches can take over. As it stands, NFF have once again brought a stop gap solution, a gamble that may work, or may backfire in spectacular fashion. I hope Eguavoen can pull a rabbit out of the hat by succeeding at the Afcon, but if he fails, we all know who to blame – NFF ONIGBESE!
    Omo9ja, failure is failure, whether it is with our own or with a foreigner. I’m not interested in failure. Whoever we have coaching the team should be aiming for success. That is the only arrangement I will support.

  • Edoman 11 months ago

    ‘Let us fail with our own’ is a stupid idea. Failure has no followers.