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Ahmed Elmohamady: Egypt are not just Salah

Ahmed Elmohamady Mohamed Salah

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Egypt international assured that the Egyptian national team has a number of special players along with Liverpool winger who will be able to support the team in the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

The Pharaohs, who reached the World Cup for the first time in 28 years, were drawn in Group A alongside hosts Russia, Saudi Arabia and Uruguay. They will kick off their group stage games on June 15, before facing Russia and Saudi Arabia on June 19 and June 25.

“The group is not too complicated but not a simple one either,” Elmohamady told Tutto Mercato Web in a recent interview. “We have to focus when we play in the World Cup because we will be facing strong teams.”

Hector Cuper and his men started their preparations with two friendlies against Greece and Portugal, which they lost 1-0 and 2-1. They recently drew 1-1 in another friendly with Kuwait.

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The will Pharaohs will next play against Colombia on June 1 before they take off to face Belgium in Brussels on June 6.

Although he was included in Hector Cuper’s preliminary squad for the 2018 World Cup, Elmohamady missed Egypt’s friendly against Kuwait on Friday.

“We have a great national team and a great coach like Hector Cuper. This will be a big challenge for us that will only help us grow and improve,” he added.

When asked about the attention the international media is giving to his teammate Mohamed Salah, Elmohamady said: “Egypt are not just Salah, we have a good and complete team. All of the players are important, but it’s clear that all eyes will be on Momo after the crazy season he had.”

“We have to be honest, he did crazy things this season. Critics said that he was not suitable for the Premier League after his failed spell with Chelsea, and he proved them wrong. He went to Italy, performed very good there and returned to prove that they were wrong about him.”

Lastly, Elmo was asked if he still thinks that former playmaker and Egypt’s legend Mohamed Aboutrika is the best Egyptian player of all-time after Salah’s latest performances. The 30-year-old said that he thinks Trika was a great player but in a different level as he only played domestically and with the national team.

“Salah played in the biggest leagues in the world, which is good for him but also good for Egypt. He is a unique player,” he concluded.

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Elmohamady’s side is close to returning to the English Premier League as they will face Fulham at Wembley Stadium on Saturday in a crucial Championship play-off final.

The Egypt international missed the return-leg of the Championship play-off semi-final against Middlesbrough after picking up a hamstring injury in the dying minutes of the first leg. The Villans secured their spot in the final on the back of a 1-0 away win over Boro.

In addition to being a hardcore football fan, Abdelrahman is a communications enthusiast who works in marketing, advertising, content creation and PR.

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