The Egyptian team is preparing to meet its Kenyan counterpart on Thursday in the penultimate match of the African Nations Cup qualifiers scheduled for next year in Cameroon.
The image of Salah carrying a giant basket of balls on his back garnered great praise from football fans in Egypt, as well as the welcome of observers and analysts who considered the start of Salah’s return to brilliance with the national team after a long period of absence that included problems with the Football Association in matters of marketing between the Liverpool star and former union officials.
Salah has been absent from participating in the official matches of the Egyptian national team since July 6, 2019, specifically since the meeting of the “Pharaohs” against South Africa in the 16th round of the African Cup of Nations organized by Egypt and deposited it from the final price.
Sports critic Sharif Abdel Qader said: “It is customary for the youngest player on the team to carry the balls, especially because in the national team’s foreign fields, only one worker accompanies the mission to the locker rooms.”
Abdel-Qader added to “Sky News Arabia”: “Salah volunteered to undertake the mission and carries many messages, including the humility enjoyed by one of the five most important players in the world, in addition to indicating the satisfaction that being among the national team during this period “.
The sports critic confirmed that since Salah arrived in Cairo earlier this week (before traveling to Nairobi), there is a state of happiness that everyone sees in the face, unlike previous times they witnessed crises and problems with those in charge of the football administration “.
On the demands of some people to endow Salah with the national captain’s insignia, Abdel Qader explained that it is better to continue working with the seniority system, especially because these issues can cause problems between players and “Salah who wears the captain’s badge will not increase him and removing him will not reduce him, but the imposition and implementation of the system Everyone should serve the team “.
Egypt leads its group with 8 points, a goal difference over the Comoros team, Kenya ranks third with 3 points, while Togo is at the end of the group with one point.