CAIRO – Egypt’s Mohamed Salah last played for the Pharaohs in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations –Afcon in July.
For the first time in almost two years, Liverpool’s striker Mohamed Salah is back with the Egyptian National Team, as The Pharaohs prepare for their Thursday clash against Kenya in the 2021 Afcon qualifiers, away in Nairobi.
But with several African players being prevented from joining their national teams by their European clubs fearing the stars would get contaminated with Covid-19, many fear Liverpool might stop Salah from going to the Tokyo Olympics in July.
“I think he could play a great role in Tokyo 2021. And he will be very effective with them and could possibly inspire the Egyptian national team to win a medal,” explains Mohamed Iraqy, an Egyptian sports journalist.
“Liverpool’s current performance is not the best so that might stop Salah from joining as they wouldn’t let him ago. But I bet that he can get the clearance and play with Egypt,” he adds.
Liverpool’s stiker had already represented Egypt at the London Olympics, 2012.
Should Salah be prevented from going to the Tokyo Olympics, the Egyptian National Team would miss a key player in the attacking third.
In just 67 games, Mohamed Salah has scored 41 goals for The Pharaohs, making him Egypt the most prolific goal scorer of all time.