Coach Hossam El-Badry of Egyptian National team has called up six foreign-based players for the games against Harambee Stars and Comoros in the 2022 African Cup of Nations qualifiers.
In the squad the coach has included Galatasaray’s in-form striker Mostafa Mohamed and Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah.
The Pharaohs are scheduled to face Kenya away from home in the 5th round of Group G games on 25 March, four days before hosting Comoros in the 6th round at Cairo international stadium.
According to a statement by the Egyptian Football Association (EFA) on Sunday, the players who were called up ahead of the upcoming African clashes are star winger Mohamed Salah of Liverpool, Ittihad Jeddah’s defender Ahmed Hegazi, winger Mahmoud ‘Trezeguet’ Hassan of Aston Villa, Arsenal’s midfielder Mohamed Elneny, striker Ahmed ‘Kouka’ Hassan of Olympiacos FC, and Galatasaray’s in-form striker Mostafa Mohamed.
In preparation for the qualifiers Harambee Stars got a shot in the arm after leading online gaming firm OdiBets unveiled KES 5 Million sponsosrhip for the team’s next five matches as Stars’ betting and motivation partner.
As part of the deal, FKF will receive KES 5 Million from Odibets, to go towards the team’s preparations for the next five matches.
“Odibets has come in to boost the national team. As a company, we are committed to standing with the Harambee Stars as they represent our country and make us proud,” said Odibets General Manager Dedan Mungai.
First in line will be a friendly match against South Sudan on March 13 at the Nyayo Stadium, followed by back-to-back matches against Tanzania on March 15, and March 18, 2021.
Stars will thereafter play in the final rounds of the 2022 Africa Cup of Nations Qualifiers against Egypt and Togo on March 25, and March 29, 2021.
The Pharaoh’s are in the driving seat of Group G ranking with 8 points, tied with second placed Comoros, and 5 points ahead of 3rd placed Kenya, while Togo lie in the bottom with only one point.
The Pharaohs were held to draws by minnows Kenya and Comoros in their opening qualifying games for the next Africa Cup of Nations last year but they returned to winning ways with the two victories over Togo in the 3rd and 4th round of the group stage respectively last November.