2022 World Cup Qualifiers: Egypt invite nine foreign-based players for Senegal clash

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Egypt coach Carlos Queiroz has selected nine foreign-based players for their 2022 Fifa World Cup play-off match against Senegal.

The North Africans are set to face the Teranga Lions in Dakar on March 25 and then host Aliou Cisse’s men in Cairo, four days later.

As expected, Liverpool forward and two-time African Footballer of the Year Mohamed Salah made the list alongside Arsenal midfielder Mohamed Elneny and Galatasaray’s Mostafa Mohamed.

A notable inclusion is Yeni Malatyaspor star Karim Hafez who is back in the national team set-up after his international match against Niger in the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers in March 2019.

Hafez has played in 23 Turkish Super Lig matches this season, even though they sit at the bottom of the table.

Names of Foreign-based stars

Karim Hafez (Yeni Malatyaspor), Mohamed Elneny (Arsenal), Mohamed Salah (Liverpool FC)

Mostafa Fathy (Al Taawoon), Mostafa Mohamed (Galatasaray), Ahmed Hassan Kouka (Konyaspor), Ahmed Yasser Rayan (Altay), Omar Marmoush (VFB Stuttgart) and Mahmoud Trezeguet (Istanbul Basaksehir FK).

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The final list should be released in the coming days with Afcon penalty hero Mohamed Abou Gabal who plays for Zamalek expected to make it.

The World Cup qualifying game comes as an opportunity for the Pharaohs to bounce back to winning ways after they were defeated by Senegal on penalties in the final of Afcon 2021.