1.Mohamed Salah (AS Roma)
Love him or hate him, Mohamed Salah is a winger who doesn’t need to introduce himself to anyone. Following his brief stint in England, the Egyptian has been excellent in the Italian league, churning out heroic performances in the last few weeks for Roma: scoring and providing assists for his teammates.
The ex-Chelsea winger has scored ten goals in 30 appearances this season and has been a key figure in the Luciano Spalletti's side, scoring four goals in his last six Serie A games (as at the time of this report).
In what is a remarkable run of form, the AS Roma forward seems unstoppable at this moment in time, and will strike fear into many Nigerian defenders ahead of the game.
Salah, certainly, has the pace, and his finishing is improving as well.
The 24 year old became the most expensive Egyptian player of all time when he joined Chelsea from FC Basel two seasons ago for £11m, though he failed to reproduce the form which saw Jose Mourinho splash that sum on him in 2014.
2.Mohamed Elneny (Arsenal)
Mohamed Elneny will be pivotal to the chances of Egypt snatching a point or a shock win against Nigeria when both teams clash at the Ahmadu Bello stadium next weekend.
Hector Cuper called up Elneny, an intelligent reader of the game – one who knows when to hold play and when to intercept.
The former Basel player is a manager’s dream because of his passing ability, work-rate and lack of ego. But if the Eagles can press high up the pitch next Friday, the Arsenal January recruit may struggle on the field of play.
3. Ahmed Hassan "Kouka" (Braga)
This young Egyptian striker is developing into a very interesting striker. Tall, physically strong and sound technically, Hassan is somewhat reminiscent of Ahmed Mido, only with a much better attitude.
Kouka, as Hassan is fondly called, has scored nine goals in 16 league games for Sporting Braga this season and four in his last nine games.
Egypt coach, Hector Cuper believes in Hassan and was rewarded with four goals in three games in the autumn, including a brace versus Chad in a 2018 World Cup qualifier.
The Pharaohs have high hopes for the tournament billed for Gabon next year. They believe that the current crop of young talents can end their miserable run of not qualifying for the AFCON in the last three editions.
4.Mahmoud Hassan ‘Trezeguet’ (Anderlecht)
Mahmoud Hassan ‘Trezeguet’ of Belgian side Anderlecht has only played four games totaling 107 minutes since joining the club, starting only against Gent.
But despite that, the highly rated deep-lying play-maker is adept at making surging runs going forward, fueled with energy and great ball control. Those qualities are likely due to the fact that he was raised as a striker, thus improving his skills and shooting ability.
The Super Eagles central midfield must be wary of his dynamism and attacking threat posed by Mahmoud Hassan.
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