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VIDEO: Egypt duo arrive in Tel Aviv with FC Basel
FC Basel’s Egypt international duo have arrived in Israel on Monday ahead of their clash with Maccabi Tel Aviv in the second leg of the third round of UEFA Champions League qualifying, following much speculation on whether or not they would travel.
Egyptian duo Mohamed Salah and Mohamed El-Nenny have arrived in Israel with Swiss side FC Basel ahead of their return leg of the third round of UEFA Champions League qualifying against Maccabi Tel Aviv on Tuesday.
Mohamed Salah made it clear he was not keen on travelling to Israel, but decided to eventually make the trip for the crucial match, along with compatriot El-Nenny, who kept silent throughout the saga, especially since the first leg didn’t ensure Basel’s qualification to the next round.
Salah, who assisted his team’s only goal in a 1-1 draw against St. Gallen in the Swiss league on Saturday, also revealed there was some pressure from Basel for him to travel: “The management wanted me to be with the team in Tel Aviv, and in the end, I’m a professional player; I have to respect my deal with the club,” Salah told FilGoal.
However, Salah refused to make any comments to journalists upon his arrival to Israel, and said prior to travelling: “I consider myself going to play in Palestine, not Israel, and the administration agreed to allow me to visit the Al-Aqsa Mosque and pray there.”
Basel arrive with a narrow 1-0 win from the first leg in hand, in a match where Salah avoided pre-match handshakes with the Israeli opposition to apparently change his boots.
Salah’s press conference in Israel: