Why Salah & Co absence from Super Eagles tie - Egypt FA

African Football By: Ikponmwosa Umweni | 26/03/2019

Egyptian FA's managing director Ehab Lehita has revealed why Mohamed Salah, Ahmed Hegazi, and Ahmed Elmohamady are absence from the international friendly match with Super Eagles at the Stephen Keshi Stadium in Asaba.

The English base trio was not in the traveling party to the Delta State capital as their clubs are battling for Premier League title and a playoff spot in the EFL Championship.

However, Arsenal star Mohamed Elneny is in contention to start and he will now be facing his club teammate, Alex Iwobi, on Tuesday’s friendly after he was rested for the 1-1 draw with the Republic of Niger on Saturday in one of the final–day AFCON qualifying matches.

Lehita at the pre-match press conference: ''Not only Salah is missing but three or four professional players that are not here also from the main eleven players, Hegazi, El Mohamady, Salah and locals also that are not coming.

''The coach decided to have this friendly match with Nigeria to try new players.

''There are six or seven players new, so this is a good chance for them.''

The last time Egypt visited Nigeria on March 25, 2016, they forced the Super Eagles to a 1-1 draw in an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier, with Mohamed Salah netting the equaliser in the first minute of second-half stoppage time.

Egypt's Pharaohs 25-man squad:

Goalkeepers: Mahmoud “Genesh” Abdel-Rehim (Zamalek) – Mohamed Abo Gabal (Smouha) – Ahmed El-Shenawy (Pyramids) – Amer Amer (El-Entag El-Harby)

Defenders: Omar Gaber (Pyramids) – Mohamed Hani (Ahly) – Ali Gabr (Pyramids) – Mahmoud Alaa (Zamalek) – Baher Elmohamdy (Ismaily) – Ahmed Ayman Mansour (Pyramids) – Karim Hafez (Kasımpasa, Turkey) – Ahmed Abo Elfotouh (Smouha)

Midfielders: Amr El-Sulaya (Ahly) – Mohamed Elneny (Arsenal, England) – Tarek Hamed (Zamalek) – Ali Ghazal (Feirense, Portugal) – Nabil “Dunga” Emad (Pyramids) – Mahmoud “Trezeguet” Hassan (Kasimpasa, Turkey) – Amr Warda (Atromitos, Greece) – Islam Gaber (Dakhleya) – Ammar Hamdi (Ittihad of Alexandria) – Abdel-Rahman Magdi (Ismaily)

Forwards: Ahmed “Koka” Hassan (Olympiacos, Greece) – Salah Mohsen (Ahly) – Mostafa Mohamed (Talae El-Geish)