Hany Abou-Rida urges Egypt squad to achieve victory over Saudi Arabia
After a 28 year wait to play at the World Cup, Egypt’s journey will end on Monday after not qualifying to the next round. Without Mohamed Salah, the national team suffered a heartbreaking loss in the the 89th minute against Uruguay. With the return of Salah, however, Egypt endured a second loss this time at the hands of hosts Russia. Egypt’s final match will be against Saudi Arabia on Monday with many looking for a win to end the tournament on a high note.
However in recent days, rumors have spread concerning Salah and the national team. They started after Salah and the national team met with the Chechyna president for dinner a few days ago. Salah was also given an honorary Chechnyan citizenship. Reports indicated that Mohamed Salah was considering international retirement after the World Cup due to ongoing conflicts with the EFA that started with the image rights on the national team airplane.
Yet, the EFA was adamant that such reports were false and that Salah was happy with the national team and stressed that only statements posted on his official social media accounts should be taken as true. The social media storm was exacerbated earlier on Monday when the EFA initially tweeted out the line-up against Saudi Arabia without Salah before tweeting another line-up with Salah leading many to speculate.
Abou-Rida met with the national team players Monday morning to emphasize the need to block out the rumors that have been spread about the team within the last 48 hours and to have full focus on the match against Saudi Arabia.
“You need to focus on the game in order to win and to make the fans who were excited that you reached the World Cup happy,” Abou-Rida asked of the players.
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