Egypt wait for Salah lift-off after poor AFCON start

Egypt will anticipate more from star male Mohamed Salah versus Guinea-Bissau as the record seven-time champs try to recover from an opening loss to Nigeria at the Africa Cup of Nations.

The Liverpool forward cut a separated and disappointed figure as Egypt lost 1-0 to the Super Eagles in Garoua, suffering their very first group phase defeat at the continental competition given that 2004.

It might be argued there is no much better gamer on the planet today than the 29-year-old forward, who has actually scored 54 times for Liverpool given that the start of last season.

However Salah has actually had a hard time to strike those very same heights of late for his nation, and lacks an objective for Egypt in his last 6 looks having actually drawn a blank up until now in 2022 World Cup certifying.

He has actually minimized Egypt’s opportunities of raising the prize, recommending the Pharaohs are not the title favourites, however expectations stay high for a group that bitterly dissatisfied on house soil in 2019.

Imagine a 8th Cup of Nations crown rapidly developed into a headache 3 years earlier as Egypt were bundled out in the last 16 by South Africa in front of 80,000 disbelieving fans in Cairo — and millions more around the nation.

While the 24-team format manages sides more freedom, Egypt now deal with the extremely practical possibility of drawing ruling champs Algeria or Ivory Coast in the next round — presuming they advance from Group D.

Carlos Queiroz, worked with in September to change Hossam El Badry, confessed Egypt require to raise their level.

“The performance in the first half was very poor and this is the truth, we were not on the field,” stated Queiroz after the Nigeria defeat.

“We lost this match but there are six points we must get against Sudan and Guinea-Bissau to qualify.”

– ‘Offer our finest’ –

The chances will be greatly in Egypt’s favour versus Saturday’s challengers, Guinea-Bissau, who are making their 3rd successive finals look however have yet to win a video game at Africa’s flagship competitors.

For Egypt to make a deep run however, they will require Salah, among 3 finalists for the FIFA finest guys’s gamer award, to uncover his magic on the worldwide phase.

“I don’t think we are the first candidate (to win) this tournament, but we do our best to win it,” Salah stated previously today.

“We have a good coach. We have a good team. We have a very good group and they’ve played for the national team for 10, 11, years now so I know we have (a) very good team.

“So, we offer our finest and ideally we win it.”

Liverpool will be keeping a close eye on Egypt’s fortunes, along with those of Sadio Mane’s Senegal, with contract talks involving Salah a key topic of conversation around Anfield.

Salah has fewer than 18 months left on his current deal and in a recent interview with GQ magazine said he wanted to be rewarded for his huge contribution.

“I wish to remain, however it’s not in my hands,” he said. “It remains in their hands. They understand what I desire. I’m not requesting insane things.

“The thing is when you ask for something and they show you they can give you something (they should) because they appreciate what you did for the club.”

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Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.