Argentine trainer Hector Cuper has named a strong 23-man squad for his side’s 2018 World Cup qualifier against Ghana.

His has kept faith with the same group of players who started Egypt’s campaign with a 2-1 win over Congo in Brazzaville in October.

The squad includes 14 local players, a sign of his belief in the Egyptian league.

It is headed by Roma winger Mohamed Salah and Arsenal midfielder Mohamed Elneny.

Ahmed Elmohamady (Hull City), Ramadan Sobhi (Stoke City), experienced goalkeeper Essam El-Hadary of Wadi Degla are also in the squad.

The Pharaohs, attempting to reach their first World Cup since 1990, lead the group with three points, two ahead of the Black Stars in second place.

Egyptian authorities have already announced that about 75,000 fans will be allowed to attend the match on 13 November in Alexandria.


Goalkeepers: Essam El-Hadary (Wadi Degla), Sherif Ekramy (Al Ahly), Ahmed El-Shennawy (Zamalek)

Defenders: Ahmed Hegazy (Al Ahly), Ahmed Fathy (Al Ahly), Ahmed Dweidar (Zamalek), Ali Gabr (Zamalek), Hamada Tolba (Al Masry), Mohamed Abdel-Shafy (Ahli Jeddah), Ahmed Elmohamady (Hull City), Omar Gaber (FC Basel)

Midfielders: Abdallah El-Said (Al Ahly), Momen Zakaria (Al Ahly), Ibrahim Salah (Zamalek), Tarek Hamed (Zamalek), Mostafa Fathy (Zamalek), Mohamed Elneny (Arsenal), Mahmoud Hassan (Mouscron), Ramadan Sobhi (Stoke City), Mohamed Salah (AS Roma), Amr Warda (Panetolikos)

Forwards: Bassem Morsi (Zamalek), Ahmed Hassan Koka (SC Braga)