Friday 3 April 2020
Ahmed Hossam Mido, the former Egypt striker, confirmed that the English club Liverpool will not be able to prevent the international star Mohamed Salah, the captain of the team, from participating in the African Cup of Nations 2021, stressing that there is one case that prevents him from running in the competition.
Egypt participates in two tournaments in 2021, namely the African Nations and the Tokyo Olympics, which threatens Liverpool in the absence of Salah for three months, specifically in January, July and August, after the Olympics postponed for next summer due to the Corona virus “Covid-19”.
Mido said that Liverpool can not stand in the way of Salah during statements to the newspaper “The Sun” Friday morning: “Salah must go with Egypt to the nations of Africa, and Liverpool has no right to refuse.”
He added: “These are FIFA rules and they cannot prevent Salah from joining the national team for any reason, and if Salah does not want to go, then this is the only reason that may lead to him not participating in the nations of Africa.”
He continued: “All African players suffered from this problem when we were in England, so I was happy when the last version of African Nations 2019 was played in the summer.”
“This kept the African stars away from any problem with their clubs, but the Confederation of African Football decided to return to the old schedule,” he explained.
He continued: “Salah, of course, is very important for our great national team and the Olympic team. He is a noisy player with great experience and a leading personality and can make the difference.”
Mido concluded his remarks by saying: “He will be one of the most important players in the nations of Africa and not only for the Egyptian team. We now know that the Olympics will take place in the summer of 2021 and I hope that things will go naturally and the season will end by that time so that he will have the opportunity to participate with the Olympic team.”