Striker Junior Ajayi tops the list of high-profile stars dropped by Al Ahly coach Pitso Mosimane for Saturday’s CAF Champions League opener against Union Sportive de la Gendarmerie Nationale of Niger on Saturday, PUNCH Sports Extra reports.

Mosimane, who is under fire at the club following recent poor results, also left out new signing Percy Tau, Luís Miquissone, Karim Fouad, Hossam Hassan, as well as returnees Ahmed Ashraf Abdelkader and Amar Hamdi from the squad.

Other absentees are Mohamed Afsha, Mohamed El-Shennawy, Hussien El-Shahat and Salah Mohsen.

The 24-year-old Nigerian striker is yet to feature this season.

He missed Al Ahly’s Egyptian Super Cup loss to El Gaish and their 1-0 win over ENNPI in an Egypt Cup game. Both games were played last month.

Ajayi’s contract at the club lapses next summer.

Meanwhile, Mosimane listed Mahmoud Kahraba, Walid Soliman, Mohamed Taher, Mohamed Sherif as the four forwards for the game while Hamdi Fathi, Akram Tawfik, Aliou Dieng, Amr El-Sulya, Ahmed Nabil Kouka and Mohamed Mahmoud are the preferred midfielders for the fixture.

The defenders picked for the game by the South African coach are Rami Rabia, Yasser Ibrahim, Badr Benoun, Ayman Ashraf, Mohamed Hany and Ali Maaloul while Ali Lotfi, Mostafa Shobier, Hamza Alaa are the goalkeepers.

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