Russia 2018: 5 key Egypt players to watch out for

By Mutala Yakubu
Key players for Egypt at Russia 2018
Key players for Egypt at Russia 2018

The Pharaohs of Egypt will dazzle fans at Russia 2018 as they have some of the best players on the African continent.

After a hiatus from the World Cup, Egypt qualified to Russia 2018 in grand style topping a group that had Ghana and Uganda as well.

Two goals from Salah against Congo secured a spot for the Egyptians who have been absent from the tournament since 1990.

The 7-times African champions are in the same group with host Russia, Uruguay and Saudi Arabia.

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But who are the top 5 players that could carry Egypt to glory at the Russia World Cup.



Mohammed Salah


The forward obviously will be the star man for Egypt at the 2018 World Cup following a remarkable season after annexing the golden boot in England with 32 goals.

The 2017 African Footballer of the Year will certainly be the most important player for the Pharoahs.

Mohammed Salah converted the penalty kick that sent Egypt into the 2018 World Cup in the game against Congo.

He is seen as the man who single-handedly qualified them to the World Cup.

Although injured, the Liverpool forward will ultimately be the star man for Egypt as he is expected to be fit in three weeks time.


Mohammed Elneny

 The Arsenal midfielder will have a taste of his first World Cup.

Strong, visionary and powerful are a few attributes of the former Basel midfielder.

His passing ability will be needed greatly in Russia 2018. He was very instrumental as he kept things tidy for Egypt in the 2017 AFCON.

His experience on the European front could be key to the Egyptian success.



Essam EL Hadary

They say old wine taste better, so is Egypt's safest pair of hands Essam EL Hadary.

Veteran goalkeeper El Hadary will be that man who would want to finally show the World he has outlived the test of time to be in Russia 2018.

The 45-year-old started his international career six years after Egypt’s last appearance in the World Cup in 1990.

The goalkeeper boast of 156 caps for Egypt and Russia 2018 will certainly be his last stint with Egyptian football.

Hadary who now plays for Al Tawoun in Saudi Arabia will definitely be that leader as the skipper of the side who is to give the team some inspiration and motivation off and on the field.



Ahmed Hegazy

West Bromwich Albion’s Ahmed Hegazy should certainly be that rock at the back of the Egyptian defence.

The defender had a great start in the Premier League but the player who was acquired from Al Ahly had quite an average debut season in the English topflight.

West Bromwich Albion could not avoid the drop and will now move to play in the Championship. Hegazy will then put the season which ended did not end on the best of notes past him and look to be one of the stars for Egypt.


Ramadan Sobhi


Twenty-one year old Ramadan Sobhi represents flair and creativity in the Egyptian team.

Sobhi has represented Egypt at all national levels and is currently one of the brightest spots in the team.

Currently playing for Stoke City, the winger is one that can unlock the defence of top sides at Russia 2018.

He has played 19 times for Egypt with a return of one goal.

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