Egyptian national football team, led by Portuguese coach Carlos Queiroz, will start their closed training camp at the Cairo International Stadium on Sunday, in preparation for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Cameroon, which will run from 9 January to 6 February.

The Pharaohs will start their AFCON campaign on 11 January in Garoua city, where they meet Nigeria in Group D, which also includes Sudan and Guinea Bissau. Going into the tournament, Egypt are one of the favourites to win the title as they are the record holders with seven continental trophies.

The team’s closed camp will start on 2 January.

A state of confusion dominated the national team for not playing any friendly matches before the African championship, as the Football Association failed to agree with any team to play a friendly match before the start of the AFCON.

Queiroz announced the squad for the competition, which comprised 25 players, including six foreign-based players led by Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah and Arsenal’s Mohamed Elneny, while Ahmed Hassan Kouka and Ahmed Yasser Rayan were both excluded.

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