Javier Aguirre, head coach of Egypt national team, said on Wednesday that his 23- man squad would participate in the upcoming two friendly games against Tanzania and Guinea to reach a certain stage of harmony and high tactic.
Egypt will face Tanzania on Thursday at 21:00 pm (CLT) At Burj el-Arab Stadium as a part of the pharaohs preparations for the upcoming 2019 African Cup of Nations.
“I asked all the players to forget about their team and concentrate only with the national team to claim the title,” Aguirre said during a press conference.
The Pharaohs began their preparation camp at Borg El Arab Stadium on June 6.
“Achieving the victory in the opening match against Zimbabwe will motivate all the players to win the other games,” he added regarding the pharaohs’ first match in the upcoming tournament.
“We are ready for the 2019 AFCON. Our team is now complete with the arrival of Mohamed Salah,” the Mexican coach explained.
“The current camp is the best one since I became Egypt’s coach,” he remarked.
It is worth mentioning that Egypt were pooled in Group A alongside Zimbabwe, Uganda, and DR Congo. The hosts will begin their mission against Zimbabwe on Friday, June 21 at Cairo Stadium at 22:00 CLT.
Aguirre announced on Tuesday his 23-man squad for the showpiece tournament.
Egypt 23-man final squad is as follows:
coach: Javier Aguirre
Goalkeepers: Ahmed El-Shennawy (Pyramids FC), Mohamed El-Shennawy (Al Ahly), Mahmoud Gennesh (Zamalek).
Defenders: Ahmed Elmohamady (Aston Villa), Baher El-Mohamady (Ismaily), Ahmed Hegazi (West Bromwich Albion), Mahmoud Alaa, Mahmoud Hamdy El-Wensh (Zamalek), Ahmed Ayman Mansour, Omar Gaber (Pyramids FC), Ayman Ashraf (Al Ahly).
Midfielders: Tarek Hamed (Zamalek), Mohamed Elneny (Arsenal), Ali Ghazal (C.D. Feirense), Nabil Emad Dunga, Abdallah El-Said (Pyramids FC), Walid Soliman (Al Ahly), Mohamed Salah (Liverpool), Mahmoud Hassan Trezeguet (Kasimpasa), Amr Warda (Atromitos).
Forwards: Ahmed Ali (Arab Contractors), Marwan Mohsen (Al Ahly), Ahmed Hassan Kouka (Olympiacos)