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Egypt can spring surprise at World Cup, says Mohamed Salah

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star believes Egypt’s national team could spring a surprise in the 2018 World Cup.

Salah, who guided the Pharaohs to the World Cup for the first time in 28 years, spoke about his aspirations for the global showpiece event set to kick off next month. The 25-year-old demanded from all the team to remain focused and determined in order to please the fans.

“I’m very excited to play in the World Cup just like my teammates,” Salah said in a press conference. “I’m very optimistic that this team can reach an unexpected stage in the World Cup.”

The Pharaohs were drawn in Group A alongside hosts Russia, Saudi Arabia and Uruguay. They will start their World Cup campaign against Uruguay on June 15, then will play against Russia and Saudi Arabia on June 19 and June 25.

When asked about his huge impact on Egypt’s youth, Mo said that he feels very proud with what he represents to the youth and with all the support he gets either on the club level or the national team level.

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“What’s happening in Egypt these days makes me feel delighted and proud of what I do,” Salah added. “This great interest doesn’t make me nervous at all because I know what I want.”

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The Egypt international also said that he accepts criticism, but revealed that he doesn’t like it when people invade his privacy and speak about his personal life.

The former Basel winger, who was named PFA Player of the Year and the Football Writers’ Player of the Year, is currently preparing for the UEFA Champions League final against Real Madrid on Saturday.

Following the upcoming final, Salah will travel to Italy to join the Egyptian national team, who are set to face Colombia in friendly match on June 1, and then take off to face Belgium in Brussels on June 6.

Reporter at KingFut and a Broadcast Journalism senior at Misr International University.

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