The kickoff date for the 2021 AFCON competition is fast approaching and the participating teams are obligated to make public the list of players for the competition. The various head coaches have been very busy within the last few days, contacting players, the clubs and other dispositions for their availability to play the AFCON which has come under last minute scrutiny owing to the increasing wave of the Omicron variant of the Covid 19.
The coach of Egypt, Carlos Queiroz, has published a pre-list of 40 players. The final list will be available at the end of the month, announced the Egyptian Football Federation. Egypt is in group D with Sudan, Guinea-Bissau and Nigeria. The Pharaohs will want to make up for their dismal performance at the last edition of the competition on home soil. The team will once again rely heavily on Liverpool's inform Mohamed Salah who has been included in Queros' list. Liverpool and other English and European top clubs are showing signs of reluctance to liberate their star African players for the AFCON 2021. The Portugese coach has filled a majority of home based footballers on his list. A decision that could be very reasonable for the Egyptians in case travel restrictions intensify around the globe.
The list of 40 players
Goalkeepers: Mohamed El-Shennawy, Mohamed Fawzi, Mohamed Sobhi, Mohamed Abogabal, Mahmoud Gad
Defenders: Ayman Ashraf, Akram Tawfik, Mohamed Hany; Ahmed Fatouh, Mahmoud Alaa, Mahmoud Hamdy El-Wensh, Mohamed Abdelmoneim, Omar Kamal, Ahmed Yassine, Ahmed Ramadan Beckham, Mohamed Hamdy, Marwan Daoud, Mohamed Fathallah, Ahmed Hegazi
Midfielders: Amr El-Sulya, Hamdi Fathi, Mohamed Magdy Afsha, Emam Ashour, Ahmed Sayed Zizo, Mostafa Fathi Abdallah El-Said, Nabil Emad 'Dunga', Ibrahim Adel, Ramadan Sobhi, Mohanad Lasheen, Ahmed Refaat; Mohamed Elneny.
Attackers: Mohamed Salah, Mostafa Mohamed, Mahmoud Hassan Trezeguet, Omar Marmoush, Ahmed Hassan Kouka, Ahmed Yasser Rayan, Marwan Hamdi, Mohamed Cherif.