Afcon: Mohamed Salah, Ahmed Hegazi top Egypt’s 25-man provisional squad

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Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah, West Bromwich Albion defender Ahmed Hegazi and 23 other players have been invited to Egypt’s squad for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.

The North African country will host the continent next month and they will begin their campaign in Group A with fixtures against Zimbabwe, DR Congo and Uganda.

Wigan Athletic's Sam Morsy and Huddersfield Town's Ramadan Sobhi were not recalled but a notable inclusion is Egyptian Premier League top scorer Ahmed Ali, who returns to the national team fold after an eight-year absence.

He joins Salah, Ahmed Kouka and Marwan Mohsen to form a four-man attack, while Arsenal’s Mohamed Elneny and Kasimpasa winger Mahmoud Trezeguet also made the cut.

Ahead of their opening fixture against Zimbabwe on June 21, Egypt will open their training base in Borg El Arab on June 6 before taking on Tanzania and Guinea, on June 13 and 16 respectively, at Borg El Arab Stadium.

Full squad list

Goalkeepers: Ahmed El Shenawy, Mohamed El Shenawy, Mahmoud Genesh.

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Defenders: Ahmed Elmohamady, Ahmed Hegazi, Omar Gaber, Ali Gazal, Ayman Ahsraf, Mahmoud Hamdy, Baher Elmohamady, Ahmed Ayman Mansour, Mahmoud Alaa, Ahmed Abou-Elfotouh.

Midfielders: Walid Soliman, Abdallah El-Said, Mohamed Elneny, Tarek Hamed, Mahmoud Trezeguet, Amr Warda, Nabil Emad.

Forwards: Ahmed Ali, Mohamed Salah, Marwan Mohsen, Ahmed Hassan Kouka.

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