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Afcon 2021: Predicting Egypt's XI vs Cameroon - Ever-present Salah, Elneny to start

22:28 GMT+3 02/02/2022
Egypt captain Mohamed Salah (C-R) celebrates scoring the equalizer.
The two have been consistent figures in the Pharaohs' starting team since they began this year's tournament with a loss to Nigeria.

With Ahmed Hegazi ruled out and doubts hovering over first and second goalkeeping choices, coach Carlos Queiroz is expected to tinker with Egypt's starting team for the semi-final game against Cameroon on Thursday at Paul Biya Stadium in Yaounde.

Meanwhile, the Pharaohs have won three of their last four Afcon games against Cameroon (L1), scoring nine goals, this after netting just twice across their previous six encounters against the Indomitable Lions in the competition (W1 D2 L3).

  • Egypt's goalkeepers Mohamed Abou Gabal and Mohamed Sobhy.

    Goalkeeper:  Mohamed Sobhy

    He is set to make his first start in the tournament as Mohamed El Shenawy and Mohamed Abou Gabal - the first and second goalkeeping choices, respectively - remain doubtful after picking up injuries in the last two games.

  • Omar Kamal, Egypt, January 2022

    Right-back - Omar Kamal

    Kamal has been a consistent figure in the Egyptian team and is highly likely to keep his place. Kamal's ability to effectively block the opponents' attacks and offer additional attacking threats will be key for the Pharaohs as they face the hosts.

  • Ahmed Abou El Fotouh of Egypt.

    Left-back - Ahmed Abou El Fotouh

    The Zamalek full-back was solid against Morocco as he was able to frustrate the Atlas Lions' strategy of attacking from the wing, and such a performance should certainly guarantee him a start against the Indomitable Lions.

  • Mohamed Abdelmonem of Egypt Afcon 2021.

    Centre-back - Mohamed Abdelmonem

    Since he replaced Akram Tawfik, who got injured in the group opening game against Nigeria, Abdelmonem has been an ever-present figure in Carlos Queiroz's starting team and his consistent performances should keep him among the starters.

  • Ayman Ashraf of Egypt.

    Centre-back - Ayman Ashraf

    He had developed a solid partnership with Hegazi but will now have to adapt to life without the injured Al-Ittihad centre-back as a new partner is expected to be named alongside him for the semi-final duel.

  • Amr El Solia of Egypt.

    Central midfielder - Amr El Solia

    El Solia is among the players that featured in the entirety of the encounter against Morocco, and a further start on Thursday should be a reward from the technical bench for his consistency.

  • Mohamed Elneny of Egypt.

    Central midfielder - Mohamed Elneny

    Egypt will need the experience of the Arsenal man in midfield as they battle the five-time champions, and this makes Elneny undroppable for such a big game.

  • Mahmoud Trezeguet Hassan of Egypt celebrates goal during the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations.

    Left winger - Mahmoud Trezeguet

    In a tactical change occasioned by Hegazi's injury against Morocco, Trezeguet was introduced in the 46th minute and went on to score the winning goal. 

    With Hegazi ruled out of the tournament, Trezeguet is expected to be a starter against Cameroon and in the final should they negotiate their way into the ultimate stage.

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

    Right winger - Mohamed Salah

    He scored the equaliser against the Atlas Lions before he provided the assist for the winning goal, and being the captain, his place is almost assured barring any injury.

  • Omar Mohamed Marmoush of Egypt.

    Centre forward - Omar Marmoush 

    Another player who has consistently kept his slot in the first team and he is expected to be named ahead of Ahmed Zizo - who replaced him in the 80th minute against Morocco - for the Thursday duel.

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

    Centre forward - Mostafa Mohamed

    Although he has struggled in front of the goal, Mohamed has been trusted by the coaching staff as he has started in all the Afcon games for the Pharaohs and the case should remain the same when the starting XI for the semi-final is named.