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2019 Afcon qualifiers key squads

The final round of Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers runs from 22 to 24 March. Which teams have opted to rest some of their biggest stars?

Nigeria (vs Seychelles - 22 March):

Goalkeepers: Francis Uzoho (Anorthosis Famagusta, Cyprus); Ikechukwu Ezenwa (Katsina United); Daniel Akpeyi (Kaizer Chiefs, South Africa)

Defenders: Olaoluwa Aina (Torino, Italy); Abdullahi Shehu (Bursaspor, Turkey); Valentine Ozornwafor (Enyimba); Chidozie Awaziem (Rizespor, Turkey); William Troost-Ekong (Udinese, Italy); Leon...

African Cup of Nations host Egypt selects Port Said among venues for 2019 tournament

The Port Said Stadium was the site of a disaster in 2012 in which 72 people died.

Egypt has chosen six venues across five cities to host this year's African Cup of Nations finals, local media reported, including the Port Said Stadium where 72 supporters died in the country's worst violence at a football venue in 2012.

After a board meeting, the Egyptian Football Association (EFA) confirmed that Cairo Stadium, Borg el Arab Stadium in Alexandria and Ismailia stadium are among the venues chosen for the tournament.

Other venues are the army-owned June 30 Stadium, on the outskirts...

Liverpool's Mo Salah looks a lot younger after shaving his beard off

With Liverpool back on top of the Premier League after a comfortable win over Bournemouth, Mohamed Salah celebrated by streamlining his look just a little bit.

The Egyptian forward scored the third goal in the Reds' 3-0 victory at Anfield and then startled his Instagram followers the following morning with a selfie that notably had something missing.

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For the first time in what seems like an age, Salah appeared with a completely freshly-shaven face. Not a hint of that trademark beard to be seen.

With...

Liverpool's Mohamed Salah to sit out Egypt's March matches

With Manchester City and Liverpool both having key fixtures in the coming weeks, the FC crew wonder who can avoid fatigue to get job done.
Former Liverpool striker Ian Rush says with 13 games left in the Premier League season, there are still plenty of ups and downs to come for Liverpool.
Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher says if Liverpool beat Man United, it would be a massive psychological boost in terms of their Premier League title ambitions.

Mohamed Salah is set to be rested for Egypt's fixtures in March's international break, the Egyptian Football Association (EFA) have confirmed to ESPN FC.

Egypt are scheduled to play Niger in their final Africa Cup of Nations qualifier -- a tournament they have already qualified for -- before travelling to Nigeria for a friendly.

And EFA spokesperson Osama Ismail said the Liverpool forward would not feature in the fixtures taking place on March 22 and 26.

In October, Salah returned to Liverpool from...

Liverpool's Salah dancing with CAF award will help get you through the day

The awards just keep on coming for Liverpool's Mohamed Salah, who was named African Player of the Year for the second year running at the CAF Awards gala on Tuesday evening.

Salah took the top honours to beat Anfield teammate Sadio Mane into second place, with Arsenal and Gabon striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang finishing in third.

At this rate, he's going to need a bigger mantelpiece.

Having received his trophy, Salah was coaxed into performing a little victory dance alongside Mane as the pair...