Egypt announce final 23-man squad for 2019 AFCON

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Egypt boss Javier Aguirre has named his final 23-man squad for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations, with two Smouha players being dropped from the provisional squad.

The Mexican manager had initially announced a 25-man preliminary squad, which meant that one goalkeeper and an outfield player had to be axed from the AFCON squad.

The four goalkeepers that were selected were Pyramids FC’s Ahmed El-Shennawy, Mohamed El-Shennawy of Al Ahly, Zamalek’s Mahmoud Gennesh, and Smouha’s keeper Mohamed Abou-Gabal.

Aguirre’s decision was to drop the most internationally inexperienced from these four and it was Mohamed Abou-Gabal, whose only appearance for the Pharaohs came over eight years ago against Sierra Leone.

The second player to miss out on the final 23-man squad was left-back Ahmed Aboul-Fetouh, who joined the Alexandria-based club on loan from Zamalek last January.

The 21-year-old made his international debut during the Pharaohs’ friendly with Nigeria last March, which the Super Eagles won 1-0 in Asaba.

Aguirre decided to snub Aboul-Fetouh in favour of Mahmoud El-Wensh, Ahmed Ayman, and Nabil Emad Dunga, however, that means that the only left-back named in the squad is Ayman Ashraf.

Despite his natural position being left-back, Ayman Ashraf was used heavily at centre-back at his club Al Ahly this season, but he featured as left-back in the four games he played under Javier Aguirre.

Pyramids FC duo Omar Gaber and Ahmed Ayman Mansour could also fill in at the left-back position.

The squad included eight foreign-based players, most notably Mohamed Salah, Mohamed Elneny, Ahmed Elmohamady, Ahmed Hegazi, and Mahmoud Trezeguet.

1. FC Nürnberg bound Amr Warda also made the cut as well as Olympiacos forward Ahmed Hassan Kouka and Ali Ghazal of C.D. Feirense.

The majority of the squad were based in Egypt, more specifically four from Al Ahly, four from Zamalek, five from Pyramids FC, and one from each of Ismaily and Arab Contractors.

Full squad:

Goalkeepers: Ahmed El-Shennawy (Pyramids FC), Mohamed El-Shennawy (Al Ahly), Mahmoud Gennesh (Zamalek).

Defenders: Ahmed Elmohamady (Aston Villa), Baher El-Mohamady (Ismaily), Ahmed Hegazi (West Bromwich Albion), Mahmoud Alaa, Mahmoud Hamdy El-Wensh (Zamalek), Ahmed Ayman Mansour, Omar Gaber (Pyramids FC), Ayman Ashraf (Al Ahly).

Midfielders: Tarek Hamed (Zamalek), Mohamed Elneny (Arsenal), Ali Ghazal (C.D. Feirense), Nabil Emad Dunga, Abdallah El-Said (Pyramids FC), Walid Soliman (Al Ahly), Mohamed Salah (Liverpool), Mahmoud Hassan Trezeguet (Kasimpasa), Amr Warda (Atromitos).

Strikers: Ahmed Ali (Arab Contractors), Marwan Mohsen (Al Ahly), Ahmed Hassan Kouka (Olympiacos).