Mohamed Salah devastated by Egypt Africa Cup of Nations loss, which saw boss Javier Aguirre sacked

8 Jul

Mohamed Salah’s hopes of adding another trophy to his season were ended by South Africa in the last 16 on Saturday.

His Egypt side were eliminated in the Africa Cup of Nations by an 85th-minute Thembinkosi Lorch goal in Cairo, where Salah played the whole match.

Salah was close to tears as he left the pitch in Cairo following Egypt’s last 16 defeat
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And on the final whistle the top scoring Liverpool forward appeared inconsolable and close to tears. It was only in June when he was celebrating Champions League glory with his club and despite going into the tournament, hosts Egypt were flat in the knockout stage.

Salah scored twice en route to the game as Egypt came through their group with a 100 per cent record, but was understood to be ill going into the last 16 tie.

Following the defeat, manager Javier Aguirre lost his job and Egypt Football Association president Hany Abo Rida has resigned.

The forward will now go on holiday before returning to Liverpool for pre-season training ahead of their Premier League opener against Norwich on 9 August.

Before that, though, the Reds play Tranmere, Bradord City, Borussia Dortmund, Sevilla, Sporting, Napoli and Lyon in July, while there is the Community Shield final on 4 August against Manchester City.

Egypt’s elimination means Salah should be back for the game against Lyon, in Geneva on 31 July.

Sadio Mane, meanwhile, will remain in Egypt a little longer as his Senegal side reached the quarter-finals at Uganda’s expense.

Egypt vs South Africa: How to watch Mo Salah, plus free live stream, TV channel and UK kick-off time for AFCON clash

6 Jul

Egypt face South Africa today as they continue their bid for an eighth Africa Cup of Nations title.

Mo Salah and co eased through their group with three wins and will now take on 2010 World Cup hosts South Africa in the Round of 16.

Mo Salah is looking to win the Africa Cup of Nations with Egypt
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The Egyptians came runners-up in the 2017 tournament, being beaten 2-1 by Cameroon to miss out on the trophy.

But Salah’s side are firm favourites to lift it in this year’s final in Cairo on July 19.

Egypt vs South Africa: Date and kick-off time

This Africa Cup of Nations Round of 16 clash will take place on Saturday, July 6 and will kick off at 8pm UK time – that is 9pm in Egypt.

It is taking place at the 75,000-capacity Cairo International Stadium.

Egypt vs South Africa: TV channel and live stream

Egypt vs South Africa will be shown live on Eurosport 2 with coverage underway from 7.45pm.

You can live stream this via the Eurosport Player from £4.99 a month.

You can also get a seven-day FREE trial to this app through Amazon Prime, which will cost £6.99 a month afterwards.

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Egypt vs South Africa: Squads

Egypt

Goalkeepers: Mahmoud ‘Genesh’ Abdelrahim (Zamalek), Mohamed el Shenawy (Al Ahly), Ahmed al Shennawy (Pyramids)

Defenders: Mahmoud Alaa, Mahmoud Hamdy (both Zamalek), Omar Gaber, Ahmed Ayman Mansour (both Pyramids), Ayman Ashraf (Ahly), Ahmed Elmohamady (Aston Villa/ENG), Baher El Mohamady (Ismaily), Ahmed Hegazi (West Bromwich Albion/ENG)

Midfielders: Nabil Emad Donga (Pyramids), Mohamed Elneny (Arsenal/ENG), Ali Ahmed Ghazal (Feirense/POR), Tarek Hamed (Zamalek), Mahmoud ‘Trezeguet’ Hassan (Kasimpasa/TUR), Abdullah al-Saeed (Pyramids), Waleed Soliman (Ahly), Amr Warda (Atromitos/GRE)

Forwards: Ahmed Ali Kamel (Al Mokawloon), Ahmed Hassan Kouka (Olympiakos/GRE), Marwan Mohsen (Ahly), Mohamed Salah (Liverpool/ENG)


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South Africa

Goalkeepers: Darren Keet, Ronwen Williams, Bruce Bvuma

Defenders: Thulani Hlatshwayo, Buhle Mkhwanazi, Ramahlwe Mphahlele, Sifiso Hlanti, Daniel Cardoso, Thamsanqa Mkhize, Innocent Maela

Midfielders: Dean Furman, Thulani Serero, Sibusiso Vilakazi, Hlompho Kekana, Bongani Zungu, Themba Zwane, Kamohelo Mokotjo, Samuel Mabunda

Forwards: Percy Tau, Lebohang Maboe, Lebo Mothiba, Thembinkosi Lorch, Lars Veldwijk

Africa Cup of Nations 2019: Super Computer predicts which team will lift the trophy in Egypt

21 Jun

The first Africa Cup of Nations played during the summer months gets under way on June 21.

Host nation Egypt, captained by Liverpool superstar Mohamed Salah will be looking to get off to a good start when the Pharaohs face Zimbabwe at the Cairo International Stadium.

Salah and Egypt will want to put their disappointing performance at last year’s World Cup behind them

A number of world class players will be on show including Salah’s Liverpool team-mate Sadio Mane as well as Morocco and Ajax star Hakim Ziyech and Crystal Palace talisman Wilfred Zaha, who will be representing the Ivory Coast.



According to the bookies Egypt, who have won the competition seven times, are the favourites to win but AFCON is an inherently unpredictable tournament.

Luckily, talkSPORT.com has input the latest data into its trusty Super Computer and have had the results delivered.

You can see who will qualify from each group below and the how the knockout stages will pan out.

Africa Cup of Nations knockout stages qualifiers
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Round of 16

DR Congo 0-2 Algeria

Morocco 4-0 Benin

Nigeria 3-2 Zimbabwe

If there was a prize for best kit at AFCON, Nigeria would win it hands down
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Ghana 2-0 Mali

Tunisia 1-2 Ivory Coast – Ivory Coast win on penalties

Senegal 3-1 Burundi

Guinea 3-2 Cameroon – (After Extra-Time)

There are question marks surrounding Guinea midfielder Naby Keita’s fitness
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Egypt 4-1 South Africa

Quarter-finals

Algeria 1-2 Morocco – Morocco win on penalties

Nigeria 0-2 Ghana

Ivory Coast 0-1 Senegal – (After Extra-Time)

Palace man Wilfried Zaha will be looking to be one of the stars of the tournament
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Guinea 0-2 Egypt

Semi-finals

Morocco 1-0 Ghana

Senegal 2-1 Egypt – Senegal win on penalties

Sadio Mane could face Liverpool team-mate Salah at the tournament
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3rd place play-off

Ghana 1-3 Egypt

Final

Morocco 0-1 Senegal

talkSPORT.com’s Super Computer predicts Senegal will win the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations
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Liverpool star Mohamed Salah produces incredible skill to set up Egypt goal ahead of Africa Cup of Nations 

17 Jun

Liverpool star Mohamed Salah is in fine form heading into Egypt’s Africa Cup of Nations campaign.

The 27-year-old was a second-half substitute and helped set up two goals in a 3-1 friendly win over Guinea on Sunday.

Mohamed Salah is hoping to lead his country to silverware in the Africa Cup of Nations
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Marwan Mohsen had given Egypt an early lead before Sory Kaba equalised in the 63rd minute.

And Salah assisted late goals from Ahmed Ali Kamel and Omar Gaber to secure a final warm-up victory.

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But it was the former Chelsea winger’s skill for the second goal which caught the eye.

Salah raced past Guinea goalkeeper Aly Keita, who tried to claim the ball for a second time as the Egypt captain cut back on to his left foot and hit the post before Kamel tapped in the rebound.

Egypt, who are hosts and favourites to win the Africa Cup of Nations, kick off the tournament against Zimbabwe on Friday.

Pharaohs striker Ahmed ‘Kouka’ Hassan has heaped praise on ‘role model’ Salah.

He said: “Salah for me is a brother, because I’ve known him since we were kids as we were always together in the national teams Under-16, 17 until the first-team.

“So I know him very well. He is a very humble guy, a role model for me and all Egyptians.

“It is a great feeling to play with one of the best players in the world right now.”

Mohamed Salah: Liverpool forward to miss Egypt internationals in March in huge boost to Reds

7 Feb

Liverpool have been handed a huge boost in the race for the Premier League title with Mohamed Salah set for a break from international football next month.

Salah, the forward, was due to link up with the Egypt squad in March for two fixtures, the first against Niger in an AFCON qualifier before facing Nigeria in a friendly four days later.

Salah will have time for a valuable rest towards the end of March

These matches would be towards the end of the month, with the English title race – which is already intense – further hotting up.

There is always the risk of injury when playing international football, while fatigue can also set in with two games played far apart in distance but close together in date over the break.

However, Liverpool will have no worries over Salah next month, with the 26-year-old set to sit out the March international break as Javier Aguirre, the Egypt head coach, hopes to test new players on the international scene.

Salah’s absence was confirmed by Egyptian Football Association vice-president Ahmed Shobier to KingFut.

Mohamed Salah will not play the Niger game in the AFCON qualifiers or the Nigeria friendly,” Shobier said.

“Ahmed Hegazi will probably also be left out of the squad.”

West Brom defedner Hegazi will also have the opportunity for a break

Hegazi’s absence is a boost for West Brom as well, with the centre-back a key player for the Championship promotion-chasers.

Liverpool play against Everton, Burnley, Fulham and Tottenham in March’s Premier League action, while they also visit Bayern Munich in the second leg of their Champions League round of 16 clash on the 13th of the month.

Liverpool superstar Mohamed Salah wins 2018 African Player of the Year Award

8 Jan

Mohamed Salah has been crowned the 2018 African Player of the Year.

The Liverpool forward retained the trophy for the second year in a row, beating teammate Sadio Mane and Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to the award.

Salah has retained the African Player of the Year award

The ‘Egyptian King’ picked up his trophy at a glitzy award ceremony in Dakar, Senega.

He became the fourth player in history to retain the trophy, joining El Hadji Diouf, Samuel Eto’o and Yaya Toure in winning the award back-to-back.

Last season, the former Chelsea winger ended the season with 44 goals in his debut season at Anfield after his move from Roma.

And, keen to show he is not a one season wonder, he has already scored 13 times in the current Premier League campaign as the Reds sit on top of the table.

The 26-year-old won the Premier League Golden Boot after his debut season at Liverpool

The 26-year-old helped his country reach the FIFA World Cup in Russia and also helped lead Liverpool to the Champions League Final in 2018.

However, his incredible rise stalled towards the end of the season after a shoulder injury he picked up in the final in Kiev.

Liverpool star Mohamed Salah has brilliant response for little girl who wished he scored early following dramatic winner for Egypt

17 Nov

Mohamed Salah was the hero for Egypt once more after scoring a last minute winner to help his side secure a 3-2 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier win over Tunisia.

The ‘Egyptian King’, as he is affectionately known by Liverpool fans, is somewhat immortal in his homeland but maybe not quite everyone in Egypt.

Salah’s late strike sparked wild celebrations

One fan in the stadium wished Salah, 26, hadn’t left it so late because she had to get back home to do her homework!

The little girl’s mini-crisis became known after a picture of her holding a sign addressed to Salah made the rounds on Twitter.

It read: “Salah please score, I want to go home, I have homework.”

And Salah, who has now scored in each of his last eight international matches, responded on Twitter, saying: “I really tried to let you go home early, and sorry to have kept you here until the last minute.

“I hope your teacher tomorrow understands the situation.”

His goal means Egypt are now level on points with Tunisia at the top of their qualifying group.

Mohamed Salah latest: Forward returns to Liverpool after picking up muscle injury during Egypt game

13 Oct

Mohamed Salah has flown back to Liverpool to receive treatment for an injury he picked up while on international duty with Egypt.

The forward limped off with a muscle problem during the latter stages of the Pharaohs’ Africa Cup of Nations qualifier win over eSwatini – formerly Swaziland – on Friday in a game which also saw the Reds star score directly from a corner.

Salah’s injury will worry Liverpool fans far and wide

Salah received treatment on the side of the pitch but was unable to shake off the problem.

Egypt were subsequently forced to finish the game with ten players as they had used all three substitutes before Salah went off, however they still ran out 4-1 winners.

And following discussions with the Premier League club, the Egyptian FA confirmed Salah has gone back to Liverpool and will not feature for his country’s return game against eSwatini on Tuesday.

The statement read: “Javier Aguirre has allowed Salah to return to his club and he will not participate against eSwatini next Tuesday to give him time to recover.

It’s not clear if Salah will will be available for Liverpool’s trip to Huddersfield next Saturday

“Mohamed Salah had complained during yesterday’s match versus eSwatini about stress in his muscle.

“He was medically examined and underwent an X-ray post-game.

“Following communication with Liverpool’s medical staff, it was determined the player would be unable to player in the next match.”

Some Liverpool fans are happy to hear Salah could be injured

Salah has not been in the best form for his club so far this season but Liverpool will be hoping he will be fit for their Premier League clash at Huddersfield next Saturday.

The 2017/18 PFA Player of the Year has scored three goals so far this campaign – one goal worse off than at this stage last season.

Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah scores incredible goal directly from corner during Egypt’s Africa Cup of Nations qualifier

12 Oct

Mohamed Salah has not been at his best this season having only netted three times in eleven matches for Liverpool so far.

There are stats which even suggest he has been the worst finisher in the Premier League this season.

Salah has struggled for form so far this season

Some Reds fans may be concerned about the Egyptian’s form but some of the Salah magic from last season could well be coming back judging by a goal he scored during the Pharaohs’ 4-1 victory in an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Swaziland.

The forward amazingly scored directly from a corner to put his country 4-0 up.

The Reds No.11 appeared to pick up an injury late in the game, however, it appears Salah has not sustained anything serious as he carried on for a bit after receiving treatment, before being taken off as a precaution.

Below you can see the incredible Salah goal.

Liverpool star Mohamed Salah’s extraordinary night for Egypt

9 Sep

Mohamed Salah scored twice, provided two assists and missed two penalties as Egypt beat Niger 6-0 in 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier.

The Liverpool winger had his first-minute spot kick saved, but quickly responded by setting up Marwan Mohsen to put The Pharaohs in front.

Salah scores for Egypt

Ayman Ashraf doubled their lead before Salah missed another penalty, however this time he was on hand to convert the rebound.

Salah, who has 37 goals in 60 appearances for Egypt, then set up Salah Mohsen before scoring his country’s fifth with his head.

Salah was at the centre of things against Niger

Arsenal‘s Mohamed Elneny completed the rout, but there was no hat-trick for Salah, who was faced with an open goal late-on only to receive an over-hit pass from Mohsen.

It was a great start for new manager Javier Aguirre, who replaced Hector Cuper after Egypt’s dreadful 2018 World Cup campaign.