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Chelsea refuse to release Salah for Egypt-Kenya friendly

Posted on August 20, 2014
Salah misses Kenya game

Salah will miss the encounter as refuse to let him participate.

Shawky Gharib, manager of the Egyptian national team, has announced that his team will be without Chelsea’s 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.


  1. arggggg

    August 21, 2014 at 10:45 AM

    Mourinho confuses me, he plays him all pre-season, then he doesn’t include him for first game, then now he isn’t even letting him come back for friendly. This man just gives me more reason to hate him

    • mohamed

      August 21, 2014 at 1:22 PM

      Mourinho wanted to try him out and he was very very poor in the pre season and because willian schurrle oscar and hazard needed to rest from the world cup salah was the only fit player he had so he needed him but salah will get his chance otherwise he will be loaned out somewhere else …

    • Omar Morsy

      August 21, 2014 at 2:27 PM

      Mourinho has the right to keep him in the squad; injuries might hit his starters at any moment and he wants to be prepared. Also, it was obvious from the start that Salah was not going to be on the team sheet every week given Chelsea’s numerous attacking options.
      Like Mohamed pointed out, his best chance is to go out on loan, preferably to a club in a top European league. Europa League/Champions League football would just be a plus.

  2. Maz

    August 21, 2014 at 5:21 PM

    I disagree, I think this is actually a good sign that Salah will figure. Since he has very good depth in the squad, Mourinho that tactician that he is, will probably rotate players based on the team he faces and Chelsea’s league position. He may not be a starter, but I think Mourinho will rely on Salah for attacking teams that are less compact in the back where he can penetrate or even in the last part of the game to utilize Salah’s speed against weary defenders. As for Mourinho playing him all pre-season, I think it is to bring his match fitness up. As you have noticed, he didn’t play any of the Brazilians for most of the pre-season, because they were already “match fit”, coming back from the WC.

    • Omar Morsy

      August 21, 2014 at 6:09 PM

      The Brazilians didn’t feature because they were on an extended break, just like all the other players whose teams featured in the latter stages of the World Cup. I’m not saying Salah won’t play, but he could definitely get a lot more playing time at another club.

      • maz

        August 27, 2014 at 7:20 PM

        Yes, but on the flip side of that, he is learning quite a bit from the high caliber of players that are on his team. The competition may be a good incentive for him to keep getting better. He’s already improved a lot tactically since joining Chelsea. I think he’s still young and can keep learning without necessarily starting for the team.

  3. Omar Youssef

    August 22, 2014 at 9:17 AM

    I’d like to keep in mind that Salah fasted during the whole pre-season except for 1 match if im not mistaking. Maybe his performances would have been better had he not fasted and maybe Mourinho and the coaching staf know this. However, Chelsea is Chelsea and I would have preferred Salah to play for Liverpool or any other top club with less attacking options. Hard to start every week when your in competition with Schurle, Willian, Hazard and Oscar.

    Ironically I think Oscar might be the door for Salah to get more playing time. Not consistent enough and will not last all season as starter at CAM. When that moment arrives, somebody from that lot (including Salah) will have to change his position and play behind the striker. If its Salah, then so be it, but if its someone else, it will give Salah more breathing room in term of competition for the wing.

    • Salah

      August 23, 2014 at 3:01 PM

      Totally agree!

  4. Fc basel

    August 22, 2014 at 6:52 PM

    joining chelsea is the worst decision of his career. It doesnt mean than he hasn’t the level for succed there. He should have started a club with less conccurents to gain experience in the league, and confidence. I stay convinced that LIGA BBVA was more suited to his style. About his confidence, I think salah lost a lot in level and creativity since joining Chelsea.I’m afraid the rest of his career being affected about that.

  5. Mohamed Mansour

    August 24, 2014 at 7:45 AM

    If he does not play him or even include him in teams 18 list why in he’ll they refuse him to play a friendly game in Egypt?!! This is very strange behaviour and any decent player should start talking seriously with his club’s management about such issues not act like a sheep and swallow any shit they threw at him

    • Omar Morsy

      August 24, 2014 at 7:56 AM

      Apparently he’s had some sort of injury over the past week (he’s wearing some sort of ankle brace in his ALS Ice Bucket challenge video). We won’t know for sure, though, because Chelsea have said nothing about it.

      • Omar Youssef

        August 25, 2014 at 1:14 AM

        In this case it makes sense that they don’t want to release him. I guess they want him to continue training with the first team and also they probably want him to be followed by the teams doctors maybe. However, if our guess is wrong about this injury and they keep on benching him like that then he better start angling for at least a loan move come January since I honestly don’t think he will have time to do that with 6 days remaining in this window unless its Chelsea that want him loaned.

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