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Afcon 2021: Predicting Salah's Egypt XI to face Ivory Coast

09:11 GMT+3 26/01/2022
Mohamed Salah of Egypt.
After coming up against Nigeria in the group stage, the Pharaohs face another stern test in this tournament

Egypt's bid for a record-extending eighth Africa Cup of Nations crown is under serious threat when they meet Ivory Coast in Wednesday's Round of 16 match in Douala.

GOAL predicts how coach Carlos Queiroz could line up his team.

  • Egypt goalkeeper Mohamed El Shenawy.

    GOALKEEPER - Mohamed El Shenawy

    The Al Ahly gloveman has managed to keep clean sheets in his last two games.

    But now he will be coming up against lethal Ivorian attackers like Sebastien Haller, Nicolas Pepe, Franck Kessie, Wilfried Zaha and others.

  • Omar Kamal, Egypt, December 2021

    RIGHT-BACK - Omar Kamal

    With Al Ahly star Akram Tawfik still out injured, Kamal continues at right-back, having done well in the last two games.

  • Ayman Ashraf, Egypt, 2022

    LEFT-BACK- Ayman Ashraf

    The Al Ahly wing-back has done well in the absence of Ahmed El Fotouh who was injured in the first match against Nigeria.

  • Ahmed Hegazy of Egypt.

    CENTRE-BACK - Ahmed Hegazy

    As one of the senior players in this side and based on his vast experience, there are high expectations on Hegazy to lead from the back.

  • Mohamed Abdelmonem of Egypt Afcon 2021.

    CENTRE-BACK - Mohamed Abdelmonem

    The 22-year-old was a surprise starter in the last match against Sudan in the absence of Zamalek's Mahmoud Hamdi El Wensh.

    After grabbing the all-important goal which sank Sudan, Abdelmonem could be rewarded with a starting place on Wednesday.

    It was his first start in this tournament after coming on as a substitute in the other two games, having only made his Egypt debut in December at the Fifa Arab Cup.

  • Amr El Solia - egypt - arab cup 2021 - qatar


    In the last two games, El Sulaya has been preferred to anchor the midfield ahead of his Al Ahly teammate Hamdi Fathi.

  • Mohamed Elneny of Egypt.


    The Arsenal midfielder has started all the three matches Egypt has played so far in this tournament.

  • Abdalla Mahmoud El Said, Egypt, January 2021


    The veteran Pyramids attacking midfielder has been with the Pharaohs since 2010 and his experience is expected to prove crucial against the Ivorians.

    He provided an assist for Abdelmonem in the last match and would want to build on that.

  • Mohamed Salah

    RIGHT FORWARD - Mohamed Salah

    The Liverpool star has not been scoring as many goals as he would like so far.

    Perhaps coming up against the Ivorian stars will inspire him to be at his very best.

  • Omar Marmoush of Egypt.

    LEFT FORWARD - Omar Marmoush

    The Stuttgart man is still in the hunt for his first goal of the tournament.

    He will be keen to justify why coach Queiroz has faith in him.

  • Mostafa Mohamed

    CENTRE-FORWARD - Mostafa Mohamed

    Another Egypt player yet to repay Queiroz for the trust he has shown him.

    He has not scored in either of the three games he has started but could take the stage against Ivory Coast to pick himself up.