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Hassan Shehata: Salah shouldn’t have started against Russia

Hassan Shehata: Salah shouldn’t have started against Russia

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Egypt legendary manager has criticised Hector Cuper’s decision to start against Russia.

The Pharaohs are on verge of elimination from the World Cup after a 3-1 defeat to hosts Russia left them with zero points from two games.

READ: El-Hadary issues apology to fans following Russia defeat

Egypt are currently third in their group and if Saudi Arabia managed to beat Uruguay on Wednesday, the north African side will still have a slim chance of qualifying for the round of 16.

Mohamed Salah made his World Cup debut, starting against Russia and scoring Egypt’s only goal of the game through a penalty.

“How do you start Mohamed Salah when you want to win?” Shehata told DMC Sports.

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“Salah’s training over the past period was like a recuperation. He is not fit and Cuper should have kept him on the bench.

“Salah should have been used in the last 30 minutes of the game to exploit Russia’s rush and desire to win.

“Delaying Mohamed Salah’s participation was a trick that could have been done by the technical staff,” Shehata added.

Salah’s goal against Russia is Egypt’s fourth one in their World Cup history after Abdulrahman Fawzi’s brace against Hungary in 1934 and Magdi Abdelghani’s penalty against the Netherlands in 1990.



  1. Henry

    June 20, 2018 at 2:52 AM

    This guy? Who plays the same formation for 6-10 years? This guy that could only win African cups? This guy who drew 1-1 to Zambia at home in the World Cup qualifier? I’m not too sure if every idea that comes out from him is golden one. We have a skill issue in Egypt. Coach issue too unfortunately the player development is severely lacking. They are not consistent in show casing their skills. There’s no “I” in team and mohammed salah can’t do it all by him self. With that being said. I’m going to hang up my Egyptian soccer jersey by next World Cup. Thank you everyone.

    • Mahmoud

      June 21, 2018 at 11:29 AM

      You do know zambia is a respectable team , what a dumbo

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  3. Henry AbuO

    June 22, 2018 at 2:06 AM

    Mallaaak yabnil wiskhaaa. Respectable by who? Omak? Ya 3rs

    • Mahmoud

      June 24, 2018 at 10:46 PM

      Kosmen omak ha ibn shamrouta

  4. Mahmoud

    June 24, 2018 at 10:46 PM


  5. Henry AbuO

    July 4, 2018 at 5:21 AM

    Kos omaaa mean, 3bbbb keda ya hayawan ya zift entaaaa 3rffff ana meen?
    Go suck your moms zibbbbbb you bedouin
    Go learn some english ya mahmoud
    Fucking uber driver

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