Orlando Pirates coach: Salah’s shoulders can carry Egypt
Former Uganda coach and Orlando Pirates current manager Milutin Sredojevitch, known as Micho, praised Egypt star Mohamed Salah expecting him to lead the Pharaohs in the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
Micho, who has vast experience in Africa spending five years managing Uganda and three years with Rowanda in addition to leading a number of African clubs, is optimistic that Mohamed Salah will shine with Egypt during the World Cup.
“When he was nobody at Arab Contractors, I know how he went to Basel, I know his road and I know who is managing him,” he said, according to multiple outlets. “I can tell you that it has not come as an accident, but he has gone through thick and thin in his life in order to have reached this level.”
Salah has been putting in incredible performances in his debut Liverpool season since returning to England as he netted 43 goals so far across all competitions with the Reds.
“He’s one of the rare players that gives equally to the national team and to his club. When talking about Egypt, the love and passion Egyptians have towards their national team is something very hard to believe,” he said.
However, the 48-year-old coach believes that Egypt will need more than Salah’s individual efforts and performances if the team wants to achieve good results
“One player alone – and you can see it in the case of Argentina and star forward Lionel Messi – cannot carry the team alone,” Micho explained.
“In the international friendly between Egypt and Portugal in March they could take the lead but then in two minutes it could all fall down because simply to reach the highest level, football has gone that far that you need to have a group of players, not one individual to carry the team,” Micho added.
The Pharaohs were drawn in Group A, and they are set to face Saudi Arabia, Uruguay, and hosts Russia. The team will return to preparations soon as they start a new training camp in May in which they have a scheduled match against Kuwait.
“Salah’s shoulders can carry the team to a certain level but when it comes to the best results and performances, the power of individuals fall down and cracks appear, like Spain showed against Argentina in a recent friendly international.
“Time when individuals – Maradona in 1986 and 1990, Roberto Baggio with Italy – carries the team alone; or two players – Bebeto and Romario for Brazil – have slowly gone.
“I have the sense, as a technical person, that the power of making results go towards the team lies not only with individuals anymore,” he concluded.
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