Salah returns to the Egyptian national team after 625 days

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A long-delayed appearance will be recorded by Egyptian international Mohamed Salah, the English star of Liverpool, next Thursday when the Egyptian national team will visit Kenya in the fifth round of qualifying for the African Nations Cup, where he plays his first international match after a long absence.

And Mohamed Salah appeared at the head of the national team mission, which left a few hours ago from Cairo airport to the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, in preparation for the Kenya team, during which a tie would suffice to ensure qualification for the Nations Cup in Cameroon next January.

Salah had played his last match with the Egyptian national team on July 6, 2019, when the Pharaohs bid farewell to the 2019 African Nations Cup, which was held in Egypt from the 16th round by South Africa with a clean goal, and the 28-year-old did not engage in any international confrontation thereafter.

The Liverpool star joined the national team camp in November 2019, but he did not participate in the training because of the injury that kept him from facing Egypt against Kenya and Comoros in the first and second rounds of the African Nations Qualifiers, which ended in a draw.

Salah attended the time to participate in the national team camp, but he accompanied the medical reports indicating that he had an ankle injury and was satisfied with watching the evening training that the team fought in Burj Al Arab in Alexandria, which necessitated his exclusion from the list in the two matches.

In light of the outbreak of the Corona pandemic, the Egyptian national team did not play any match for nearly a year, specifically since the Comoros confrontation in the second round of the African Nations Qualifiers on November 18, 2019 until the Togo match in the third round that was held on November 14, 2020.

In the November 2020 camp, Salah joined the list of the national team preparing to face Togo in the third and fourth rounds of the African Nations qualifiers, but he was infected with the Corona virus after two medical surveys, and the result was positive twice, to confirm his absence from the two matches.

Thus, Salah will prepare in the face of Kenya to record his first appearance in the Egyptian national team shirt after a long absence that lasted for more than a year and eight months, specifically 625 days, which will be his first match under the leadership of Hossam Al-Badri, the coach of the national team.

It will also be the first match that Salah will play in the African Nations Qualifiers since he fought against Tunisia in November 2018, and the first official outside Egypt since the match against Uganda in August 2017 in the World Cup qualifiers, with the exception of participating in the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

Salah seeks to achieve a personal achievement in his first appearance during the reign of Hossam Al-Badri, where a single goal separates him from occupying the historical record of the Egyptian team’s top scorer list throughout history.

Mohamed Salah is currently ranked third in Egypt’s top scorer list throughout history, with 41 goals in 67 matches, approaching Hassan El Shazly (42 goals), in the list of which legend Hossam Hassan, the record holder with 69 goals, sits.

Salah is the historic scorer for Egypt in the Nations Cup qualifiers, with 14 goals in 19 matches, surpassing Hossam Hassan, who scored 12 goals in the qualifiers in 25 games during the period from 1986 to 2006.

The Egyptian national team, which holds the record for the number of times winning the nations of Africa with seven titles, is looking for at least a point to officially guarantee the African Nations qualification card, as it occupies the top of its seventh group with 8 points after tying with Kenya and Comoros and beating Togo twice.



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