Salah had missed the last two matches of the Pharaohs, the results of which led to the dismissal of national coach Ihab Galal, after losing to Ethiopia 0-2 in the second round of Group D in the African Nations Qualifiers in Cote d’Ivoire, and against South Korea 1-4 in a friendly.
The Egyptian Federation overthrew Galal just two months after taking over the task, succeeding Portuguese Carlos Queiroz, who led Egypt to the final of the African Nations, where it lost to Senegal on penalties in February, and then failed with it to qualify for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ by Senegal also and on penalties.
Vitoria was appointed on July 12 for a four-year term, and on Sunday announced his first squad, which included 27 players, for the two friendlies with Niger on September 23 and Liberia on September 27 at the Alexandria Stadium, in the presence of 5,000 fans.
Egypt is preparing for the qualifiers for the African Nations Cup finals in Cote d’Ivoire next year, and it occupies the last fourth place with three points on goal difference behind leaders Ethiopia, Malawi and third Guinea.
Arsenal midfielder Mohamed Elneny is out due to injury, like Pyramids player Nabil Emad “Donga”, who was injured in the training camp in Alexandria last Wednesday.
The Egyptian Federation said on its official Facebook page: “The x-rays that Nabil Emad Donga underwent proved that the player had cartilage in the outer knee,” and therefore he was excluded from the squad.
Vitoria faced a problem due to the commitment of the Zamalek players to the preliminary round of the African Champions League against Chad’s Elect-Spor team, which the Egyptian team won 2-0 on Sunday.
Zamalek demanded that its international players be exempted from joining the training camp of the Pharaohs, as the return match is scheduled for the 25th of this month.
And local media indicated that Vitoria held a meeting with his compatriot Jesualdo Ferreira, coach of Zamalek, “and it was coordinated that in the event of a victory over Eclette-Sport in the first leg, only 5 players will be selected from the white team.”
She added, according to an official Source in the White Castle, “Vitoria understands that Zamalek is linked to the second leg of the preliminary round of the African Championship, and only Mahmoud Al Wensh, Imam Ashour, Ahmed Zizou, Ahmed Fattouh and Mohamed Sobhi were selected for the national team.”
And she continued, according to an official Source within the Egyptian Federation, that the latter addressed the Confederation of African Football “K” to postpone the return match from the 25th of this month to the 30th of the same month, so that it is outside the international pause period scheduled from 19 to 27 this month.
He explained that the federation offered to pay the value of tickets and accommodation for the Chadian team in Egypt, but the continental federation has not sent an official response to this request, so far.
Here is the lineup:
Goalkeepers: Mohamed El-Shennawy, Ahmed El-Shennawy and Mohamed Sobhi.
Defense: Karim Fouad, Omar Jaber, Ali Gabr, Ahmed Hegazy, Mohamed Abdel Moneim, Osama Jalal, Mahmoud Hamdi “Al Wensh”, Ayman Ashraf, Mohamed Hamdi and Ahmed Aboul Fotouh.
– For the middle: Hamdi Fathi, Tariq Hamed, Mahmoud Hamada, Imam Ashour, Islam Issa, Ahmed Sayed “Zizou” and Muhammad Ibrahim.
For the attack: Mohamed Salah, Abdel Rahman Magdy, Ahmed Hassan “Koka”, Marwan Hamdi, Mustafa Mohamed, Omar Marmoush and Mahmoud Hassan “Trezeguet”.