Egypt coach Carlos Queiroz named Smouha striker Marwan Hamdi, 25, and Pyramids FC defender Mohamed Hamdi, 30, and winger Ibrahim Adel, 20 to complete the Pharaohs’ 28-man squad that will take part in the 2022 AFCON finals next month.
On Wednesday, the 68-year-old Portuguese coach announced a 25-man squad for the tournament. But he delayed naming the three players who would complete the list.
The record seven-time winners of the African championship will kick off their Nations Cup campaign in Group D against Nigeria on 11 January before facing Sudan and Guinea-Bissau.
There was speculation that the tournament, which was delayed due to coronavirus, might be delayed again because of the spread of the Omicron Covid-19 variant. But the Confederation of African Football (CAF) eventually decided to hold it as scheduled.
Egypt’s full 28-man squad
Goalkeepers: Mohamed El-Shennawy (Ahly), Mohamed Abo Gabal (Zamalek), Mohamed Sobhy (Farco), Mahmoud Gad (Enppi)
Defenders: Ayman Ashraf, Akram Tawfik (Ahly), Ahmed Fatouh, Mahmoud Alaa, Mahmoud ‘El-Wensh’ Hamdi (Zamalek), Ahmed Hegazy (Ittihad of Jeddah), Mohamed Abdel-Monem, Omar Kamal (Future FC), Mohamed Hamdi (Pyramids FC)
Midfielders: Amr El-Sulaya, Hamdy Fathy (Ahly), Emam Ashour, Ahmed Sayed Zizo (Zamalek), Abdallah El-Saied, Ibrahim Adel (Pyramids FC), Mohamed Elneny (Arsenal), Mohanad Lasheen (Talae El-Geish)
Forwards: Mohamed Salah (Liverpool), Mostafa Mohamed (Galatasaray), Omar Marmoush (Stuttgart), Mahmoud ‘Trezeguet’ Hassan (Aston Villa), Ramadan Sobhy (Pyramids FC), Mohamed Sherif (Ahly), Marwan Hamdi (Smouha).