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Chelsea refuse to release Salah for Egypt-Kenya friendly
Shawky Gharib, manager of the Egyptian national team, has announced that his team will be without Chelsea’s Mohamed Salah when they take on Kenya in a friendly on the 30th of August.
The game is not a part of FIFA’s match calendar, and as a result clubs have the right to refuse to release their players to the national team; this will be the case for Chelsea’s Mohamed Salah at least, who was one of the eleven European-based Pharaohs called up by Gharib for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying matches against Senegal and Tunisia.
“Chelsea refused to release Salah before Kenya’s friendly, which is not included in the FIFA calendar,” Gharib said in a television interview.
“The English club confirmed that Salah will be in Cairo on 31 August, five days before our game against Senegal.”
Gharib has also made it clear that he intends to reveal his squad for the encounter on Sunday.
Kenya failed to reach the group stages of AFCON 2015 qualification, after losing 0-1 on aggregate to minnows Lesotho earlier this month.
The East Africans – widely known as the Harambee Stars – recently saw an overhaul of managerial staff in the wake of their aforementioned failure to progress into qualifying Group C, and Bobby Williamson was selected as the new manager by FKF, the country’s football governing body.
Although Williamson recently admitted to not having signed an official contract to date, it is believed that the appointment is all but finalized.
The Scot previously managed Uganda, but his time there was not characterized by any significant achievements; his subsequent stint at Kenyan Premier League side Gor Mahia was more fruitful as he led the club to their first title in 18 years during 2013/14.
After the match, Egypt will have just under a week to recover before kicking off their AFCON 2015 qualifying campaign away to Senegal.