A surprise omission was Zamalek forward Bassem Morsy, whose four goals rank him the Pharaohs’ top scorer in the qualifiers. Also left out was his club-mate Mahmoud ‘Kahraba’ Abdelmonem, who is injured, There was also no place for Ahly duo Ahmed Fathy and Moamen Zakaria.
The seven-time African champions will travel to Kaduna on Friday, 25 March 2016 to face the Super Eagles before hosting the return four days later in Alexandria.
Egypt, a notable absentee from the last three editions of the continental showpiece event leads the pack in Group G with six points, two richer than Nigeria. Tanzania has a point and Chad at the bottom pointless.
Goalkeepers: Essam El-Hadary (Wadi Degla), Ahemd El-Shenawy (Zamalek), Mohamed El-Shenawy (Petrojet)
Defenders: Omar Gaber, Hazem Emam, Ahmed Dewidar, Ali Gabr, Hamada Tolba (Zamalek), Ahmed Hegazy, Sabry Rahil, Ramy Rabia (Ahly)
Midfielders: Hossam Ghaly, Ramadan Sobhy, Abdallah El-Said (Ahly), Mostafa Fathi, Ayman Hefni, Tarek Hamed (Zamalek), Ibrahim Salah (Smouha), Mahmoud 'Trezeguet' Hassan (Anderlecht, Belgium), Amr Warda (Panetolikos FC, Greece), Mohamed Elneny (Arsenal, England)
Forwards: Mohamed Salah (Roma, Italy), Ahmed Hassan Kouka (Braga, Portugal), Amr Gamal (Ahly), Marawan Mohsen (Ismaily)