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Salah explains taking penalty against Ghana, hopes to beat Uganda

Mohamed Salah

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Egypt’s Mohamed Salah expressed his satisfaction following his side’s victory over Ghana, revealing that his decision to take the penalty was agreed upon beforehand.

The Pharaohs defeated the Black Stars 2-0 in the second round of the World Cup qualifiers on Sunday to move top of Group E on six points, two ahead of second-placed Uganda, while Ghana sit third on one point.

“Winning the game was the most important thing. We hope to win our next two games against Uganda as it will make our qualification process easier,” Salah said.

“It was a tough game but we achieved our target,” he added.

Egypt will face Uganda away when the World Cup qualifiers resume in August 2017, before the Pharaohs host them less than a week later in Egypt.

The AS Roma winger also expressed his gratitude to his teammate Abdallah El-Said, Egypt’s and Al Ahly’s usual penalty taker, for letting him take the penalty against Ghana. Salah managed to score from the spot after Mahmoud Trezeguet was awarded a penalty in the dying minutes of the first half.

“I agreed with Abdallah before the game to let me take the penalty, if we were awarded one,” he said.

“When we were awarded the penalty, he asked me to take it,” he added.

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