Phoenix players missing from starting line-up as All Whites face Egypt

The All Whites will start their international match against Egypt with all six of their Wellington Phoenix players on the bench.

Head coach Darren Bazeley has named a starting line-up without any of his Phoenix contingent.

Phoenix players Alex Paulsen, Kosta Barbarouses, Lukas Kelly-Heald, Ben Old, Alex Rufer and Finn Surman have been named as substitutes..

The team will be captained by Empoli’s Liberato Cacace for the first time.

Egypt coach Hossam Hassan has named a starting line-up suited to a 4-3-3 formation, with a powerful front three in Mostafa Mohamed, Omar Marmoush and Mahmoud Trezeguet.

If the game is tied after 90 minutes, it will go straight to penalties to decide who goes through to the tournament final.

Each team is allowed six substitutions.

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The game will be streamed live and free by FIFA+. Follow the link below:

Starting line-ups


1. Mohamed Abo Gabal
3. Mohamed Hamdi
24. Mohamed Abdel-Moneim
20. Ramy Rabia
3. Mohamed Hany
19. Marwan Attia
8. Emam Ashou
22. Mohamed “Afsha” Magdy
17. Omar Marmoush
11. Mostafa Mohamed
7. Mahmoud ‘Trezeguet’ Hassan


23. El-Mahdi Soliman
2. Ahmed Beckham
5. Hamdy Fathi
6. Ahmed Hegazy
9. Mohamed Sherif
10. Mostafa Shalaby
13. Mohamed Shokry
14. Akram Tawfik
15. Ahmed Atef

New Zealand

1. Max Crocombe
5. Michael Boxall
13. Liberato Cacace (captain)
24. Dane Ingham
4. Nando Pijnaker
23. Clayton Lewis
10. Sarpreet Singh
8. Marko Stamenic
7. Matt Garbett
20. Callum McCowatt
21. Max Mata


12. Alex Paulsen (Gk)
17. Kosta Barbarouses
18. Tyler Bindon
11. Elijah Just
3. Lukas Kelly-Heald
14. Ben Old
15. Tommy Smith
16. Finn Surman
19. Ben Waine


Referee: Clement Franklin (Ivory Coast)
Assistant referees: El Hadj Malick Samba (Senegal) and Nouhou Outtara (Ivory Coast)
Fourth official: Albert Diouf (Senegal)
VAR: Hamza El-Fareq (MAR) and Fatiha Al-Jarmoumi (MAR)


Game to be played on Saturday March 23, 2024

Egypt v New Zealand
New Administrative Capital Stadium, Cairo, 9am (NZT)

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