Hosts Egypt play Zimbabwe in the first match of the Africa Cup of Nations on Friday – the first time the tournament has been held in Europe’s summer.

Egypt were only awarded the competition in January after it was taken away from original hosts Cameroon because of security and preparation concerns.

The Pharaohs have won the competition seven times – but not since 2010 – and lost to Cameroon in the 2017 final.

Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah is the best-known player in the Egypt squad.

There are also three other England-based players in their squad – Arsenal midfielder Mohamed Elneny, West Brom defender Ahmed Hegazi and Aston Villa defender Ahmed Elmohamady, who captains the side.

“Salah is now one of the leading three players in the world,” said Elmohamady. “This is a very big and positive thing that will definitely help us in our quest to win the Nations Cup.”

 

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