Egypt clash with Swaziland today

EGYPT will host Swaziland in a Group J African Cup of Nations double header – the first of which takes place this afternoon in Cairo.

The Pharaohs will head to the southern kingdom for the reverse fixture four days later.

Egypt’s Mexican tactician Javier Aguirre has recalled 12 abroad-based players, with Liverpool forward and 2018 FIFA 3rd best player Mohamed Salah highlighting his choices. Greece based Ahmed Hassan Koka and English third tier midfielder Sam Moursy also returned to the squad, after missing last month’s 6-0 rout of Niger, Aguirre’s first game in charge.

Fifteen domestically-based players made the list, five of them coming from CAF Champions League semifinalists Al Ahly. There were a place for a couple of new faces in Ismaily’s midfielder Mohamed Sadek and Smouha’s goalkeeper Mohamed Abu Gabal, while Mokawlon veteran striker Ahmed Ali returned to The Pharaohs squad after almost seven years of absence.

Egypt are currently second in Group J of the Total Africa Cup of Nations Cameroon 2019 qualifiers with three points, behind group leaders Tunisia who won both their games. Swaziland (Eswatini) and Niger follow with a point each.

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