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Coach announces Egyptian team’s roster for upcoming matches – Salah included

The coach of the Egyptian national team Hossam Hassan announced on Sunday the list of players in preparation for the matches against Burkina Faso and Guinea-Bissau in the qualifiers for the 2026 World Cup.

The list includes Egyptian international Mohamed Salah, the captain of the Pharaohs, for the first time under the leadership of twins Hossam and Ibrahim Hassan.

The national team’s camp will begin on Tuesday and will continue until the match against Burkina Faso on June 6 at Cairo Stadium, before traveling to Guinea-Bissau to face the national team there on June 10.

Salah will join the Egyptian national team camp after arriving in Cairo on June 1 according to Minister of Sports Ashraf Sobhi, after he missed the first gathering under the leadership of Hossam Hassan, in the friendly Egyptian Capital Cup tournament.

The Egyptian national team list for the matches against Burkina Faso and Guinea-Bissau:

  • Goalkeeper: Mohamed al-Shenawy – Mostafa Shobeir – Mohamed Awad – Mahdi Suleiman.
  • Defense line: Mohamed Abdel-Moneim – Rami Rabia – Yasser Ibrahim – Ahmed Ramadan Beckham – Mohamed Hani – Akram Tawfiq – Mohamed Hamdy – Ahmed Fattouh.
  • Midfield: Marwan Attia – Hamdi Fathi – Ahmed Nabil Koka – Imam Ashour – Ahmed Sayed Zizo – Nasser Maher.
  • Offensive line: Mohamed Salah – Mostafa Fathi – Mahmoud Hassan Trezeguet – Mostafa Mohamed – Mohamed Al-Shami – Ahmed Amin Ofa – Mohamed Sharif.


Coach reveals further details

During an interview with the International Federation of Association Football (FIFA) website, Hossam Hassan said: “We’ll begin our next camp on May 28, as our overseas players will have finished their league seasons, and our local players will join them to prepare for the two matches.”

“We’ll have two tough games against them. African teams are making huge progress as we all saw at the 2023 AFCON, but we are a big team and capable of returning to our natural position [among the top sides],” he added.

“Naturally, everyone was disappointed that we couldn’t be at the 2022 World Cup. We definitely want to make it to the World Cup, and I want to do so with the current generation, which includes some great players. They also want to please their fans, especially since some of them participated in the 2018 edition and saw how important it is,” Hassan added.

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