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Afcon 2021: Egypt's predicted XI - Salah & Elneny to lead Pharaohs against Mane's Senegal

7:55 PM GMT+4 05/02/2022
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The Liverpool forward could make history with the national team hunting for a record eighth African title

GOAL predicts how coach Carlos Queiroz will line up Egypt's players in the final of the Africa Cup of Nations against Senegal on Sunday at the Paul Biya Stadium in Yaounde.

As they will be looking for another title, the Pharaohs will have to deal with a major setback at the back as Omar Kamal - who has been impressive - is ruled out.

  • Egypt goalkeeper Mohamed Abou Gabal.

    Goalkeeper: Mohamed Abou Gabal

    His position in the first team is certainly cemented following his penalty heroics against Ivory Coast in the Round of 16 and Cameroon in the semi-final.

    Furthermore, the injury to first-choice goalkeeper Mohamed El Shenawy, therefore, means he will be an automatic starter on Sunday.

  • Ayman Ashraf of Egypt.

    Right-back - Ayman Ashraf 

    With Kamal's suspension following the accumulation of yellow cards, coach Queiroz has a big call to make on who will feature in that position.

    Ashraf, who is a centre-back but can play at full-back, is his first natural choice to fill Kamal's place.

  • Mahmoud Hamdy of Egypt.

    Centre-back - Mahmoud Hamdy

    He featured against Cameroon as Ashraf - who had been picked up ahead of him in the previous games - dropped to the bench.

    Hamdy's solid performance in defence justifies why he should be retained for the final clash.

  • Mohamed Abdelmonem of Egypt.

    Centre-back - Mohamed Abdelmonem

    His industrious nature has endeared him to the fans and being a dependable player, the technical bench would want him to repeat previous top performances during the ultimate continental clash.

  • Ahmed El Fotouh of Egypt.

    Left-back - Ahmed El Fotouh

    He played for 120 minutes as the record champions saw off the hosts and his solidity at the back should have him involved in the hunt for a record eighth title.

  • Amri El Soulia of Egypt.

    Midfielder - Amr El Solia

    The 32-year-old has been prominently involved in the Pharaohs' Afcon expedition.

    His experience and the tactical manner he frustrates the opponents have been key areas of advantage for Egypt in the competition and this almost assures him of a place in the starting XI.

  • Hamdy Fathy of Egypt.

    Midfielder - Hamdy Fathy

    He returned for the semi-final after missing the Morocco game and is poised to play ahead of Ahmed Zizo who has started from the bench throughout this campaign.

  • Mohamed Elneny of Egypt.

    Midfielder - Mohamed Elneny

    One of the key figures in Queiroz's team and has been involved in the previous six games. 

    His contributions in midfield have made him a noticeable player in the tournament and one Egypt cannot afford to drop in the do-or-die clash.

  • Mohamed Salah of Egypt challenged by Adam Masina of Morocco.

    Forward - Mohamed Salah

    Being the captain, he has additional leadership responsibilities on his shoulders.

    Will the Liverpool man guide his side past Senegal and help them win the title for the first time since 2010?

  • Omar Mohamed Marmoush of Egypt.

    Forward - Omar Marmoush

    Marmoush has regularly been a threat going forward especially when pressing opponents from the wing. 

    Since he has been an ever-present player in the first XI, Marmoush could start ahead of Ramadhan Sobhi who replaced him in the 73rd minute during the semi-final.

  • Mostafa Mohamed Ahmed Abdalla of Egypt challenged by Adam Masina and Selim Amallah of Morocco.

    Striker - Mostafa Mohamed 

    He has consistently featured for the North Africans as a starter although he was replaced by Mohamed Sheriff during the semi-final game in the 105th minute.

    Despite his struggle in front of the goal, the technical team, who might not want to tinker much with the team that has propelled them to this juncture, should keep him.