5 Egyptian players to watch out for: Egypt last played the FIFA World Cup in the year 1990. After a 28 year hiatus, the African nation now makes a return. 5 teams have qualified for the World Cup from the African continent. Morocco, Nigeria, Senegal & Tunisia being the other countries. Mohammad Salah has become a world dominator. His penalty in the World Cup qualifiers earned them a spot in the 21st edition of the World Cup. He’s achieved god-like status in the pyramid capital of the world. He might even get elected as president if he runs for president. But can he guide his team to World Cup glory? Egypt needs more heroes to advance through to the top 16. Who can be their stars? Here, we look at 5 Egyptian players to watch out for.
EGYPT SQUAD FOR WORLD CUP 2018
Goalkeepers: Essam El-Hadary (Al Taawoun), Mohamed El-Shennawy (Al Ahly), Sherif Ekramy (Al Ahly).
Defenders: Ahmed Fathi (Al Ahly), Saad Samir (Al Ahly), Ayman Ashraf (Al Ahly), Mohamed Abdel-Shafy (Al Fath), Ahmed Hegazi (West Brom), Ali Gabr (West Brom), Ahmed Elmohamady (Aston Villa), Omar Gaber (LAFC), Mahmoud Hamdy El-Wensh (Zamalek).
Midfielders: Tarek Hamed (Zamalek), Mahmoud Abdel-Razik Shikabala (Al Raed), Abdallah El-Said (Al Ahli), Sam Morsy (Wigan), Mohamed Elneny (Arsenal), Mahmoud Kahraba (Ittihad), Ramadan Sobhi (Stoke City), Mahmoud Trezeguet (Kasimpasa), Amr Warda (Atromitos).
Forwards: Marwan Mohsen (Al Ahly), Mohamed Salah (Liverpool).
Manager: Hector Cuper(Argentina)
5 EGYPTIAN PLAYERS TO WATCH OUT FOR
1. AHMED HEGAZI
The West Bromwich Albion defender was one of the shining stars in a rather dull season for the Baggies. With 35 tackles, 53 interceptions, 277 clearances and 34 blocks Hegazi’s experience in the Premier League will help Egypt form a sturdy defence. He’ll be a viable option for your fantasy football team.
2. MOHAMMAD ELNENY
Elneny has donned his countries’ jersey 61 times and scored 5 times. The Arsenal holding midfielder is known for his nifty footwork and his range of passing. For Arsenal, Elneny featured 13 times last season, complete 726 passes with a 94% passing accuracy. For Egypt, however, Elneny is a certain starter and if you’re looking for a midfielder in your fantasy football team, look no further.
3. ESSAM EL-HADARY
El-Hadary has represented Egypt 156 times and has won the African Cup of Nations 4 times. At 45 years, El-Hadary is the oldest player to represent a nation in this year’s World Cup. The shot-stopper will need to keep the Uruguayan strikers at bay and resist the Russian team’s onslaught. He’ll be one Egyptian player to keep a keen eye on.
4. MAHMOUD HASSAN
The midfielder is a product of the Al Ahly youth academy. He’s also represented the Belgian side Anderlecht. Hassan played for the Egyptian senior side at 19 and since then has played for the Nubian Pharaohs 18 times. His partnership with Elneny and Mohammad Salah will prove to be extremely crucial for Egypt’s run in the World Cup.
5. MOHAMMAD SALAH
Egypt have qualified for the World Cup after 28 years and they’ve got one man to thank. Mohammad Salah. The little magician has taken the World by a storm. The Premier League, the Champions League and the African Cup of Nations, he’s been the star performer for Liverpool and Egypt respectively. He’s scored goals, made goals and changed games, but most significantly, he’s got a nation united. Salah will be Egypt’s trump card and if he does well, Egypt go through.
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