Egypt, the reigning African U23 champions, will take part in the upcoming Olympic Games in Tokyo, from 23 July to 8 August 2021, without Liverpool striker Mohamed Salah. The star of the Egyptian team, will not participate in the football tournament, announced the Egyptian coach, Shawky Gharib. But he will be able to count on Mohamed El-Shennawy and central defenders Ahmed Hegazy and Mahmoud Hamdy El-Wensh.
Mohamed Salah, the second highest scorer in the English Premier League this season with 22 goals, has not received permission from his club, Liverpool, to participate in the upcoming Olympic Games in Tokyo, scheduled for 23 July to 8 August 2021. Turkish club Galatasaray, which is due to take part in the second qualifying round of the Champions League in July, has also banned its Egyptian striker Mostafa Mohamed from joining its squad.
Egypt, who won the 2019 African U23 Cup on home soil against Côte d’Ivoire (2-1), will still be able to count on the services of winger Ramadan Sobhi. The latter was the best player of the competition. The Egyptian coach Shawky Gharib has also retained 3 jokers over 23 years old. These are goalkeeper Mohamed El-Shennawy (32) and central defenders Ahmed Hegazy (30) and Mahmoud Hamdy El-Wensh (26).
Egypt will play in a very tough group C, with Argentina and Spain as favourites. The Olympic Pharaohs will therefore have to be ready to perform against one of the two big names and try to win against Australia.
The 22 Egyptians for the Olympics
Goalkeepers (3): Mohamed El-Shennawy (Al Ahly), Mohamed Sobhi (Ittihad Alexandria), Mahmoud Gad (ENPPI)
Defenders (8): Ahmed Hegazi (Ittihad Jeddah, Saudi Arabia), Mahmoud El-Wensh, Mohamed Abdel-Salam, Ahmed Fetouh (Zamalek), Osama Galal (Pyramids FC), Ahmed Ramadan Beckham (Al Ahly), Karim El-Eraky (Al Masry), Karim Fouad (ENPPI)
Midfielders (4): Akram Tawfik, Nasser Maher (Al Ahly), Amar Hamdi (Ittihad Alexandria), Emam Ashour (Zamalek)
Attacker (7): Ramadan Sobhi, Ibrahim Adel (Pyramids FC), Abdelrahman Magdy (Ismaily) Taher Mohamed, Salah Mohsen (Al Ahly), Nasser Mansi (El-Gaish), Ahmed Yasser Rayan (Ceramica Cleopatra)