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GROZNY, June 17, 2018 (MENA) - Egyptian professional footaballer Mohamed Salah did not ask the coaching staff of the team to partake in the match played against Uruguay on Friday, Manager of the national football team Ihab Leheta said.

In press statements on Saturday, Leheta said Hector Cuper, the team coach, is the only person who is responsible for the players' participation in the matches, denying that Salah had urged the coaching staff to play in the 2nd half of the match.

It is natural that Salah was feeling sad over not participating in the match as well as the team's loss but he will be ready to play in the next two matches against Russia and Saudi Arabia, added Leheta.

Meanwhile, Leheta hailed Mohamed El Shenawi, the team goalkeeper, over his performance during the game.

The national team will travel on Sunday to Saint Petersburg to train at the Saint Petersburg Stadium before facing their Russian counterpart on Tuesday, Leheta noted.

 

 

YEKATERINBURG, June 14, 2018 (News Wires) - Egypt superstar Mohamed Salah has recovered from a shoulder injury and will play in their World Cup opener against Uruguay, coach Hector Cuper has confirmed.

"I can almost assure you 100 per cent that he will play, save unforeseen circumstances at the very last minute," Cuper said ahead of Friday's Group A match.

The 25-year-old injured shoulder ligaments in the Champions League final defeat by Real Madrid on May 26 and has not played since.

"We're trying to make him feel confident - even the doctors are giving him the option to play or not, but I know Salah very well and I'm sure he's not afraid, he's not fearful," Cuper added.

"In terms of him on the pitch - if he does decide to play he'll have full guarantees in terms of his physical condition, he's going to be fine. Certainly he doesn't feel afraid."

Asked about Salah's chances of starring at the tournament, Cuper said: "Why not? He could become the top goalscorer here and one of the greatest players."

Ihab Leheta, the national team manager, told Reuters by phone: "The medical staff will provide a comprehensive report on the condition of Salah tomorrow and the coach will not rush in his decision."

Salah left the field in tears after sustaining a shoulder ligament injury while playing for Liverpool in last month's Champions League final loss to Real Madrid.

Since then, Egypt's fans have been tortured by the possibility that their first appearance in the World Cup finals for 28 years could be ruined by the loss of their biggest star, who netted 44 goals for Liverpool in his first season at Anfield.

"We cried with him," said Samy Mikhail, an Egyptian Australian from Sydney who predicted that Egypt without Salah would suffer the same fate as Liverpool against Real.

"Without him, Liverpool collapsed. Egypt depends on him so much... If he gets injured again, it's over."

Mikhail and his nine-year-old son Luke were among several-dozen Egyptians who cheered and chanted Salah's name as the players arrived at their Yekaterinburg hotel on Wednesday evening.

But some fans interviewed at the hotel and the airport were cautious about bringing Salah back from injury too soon.

"He's very important and I don't think we should risk him in the first match. It is better to let him rest. Our performance will be 60-70 percent without him," said one supporter, Mohamed Mohsen.

"He's a hero to the nation and you wouldn't want to risk his health going forward. It's a big loss if he doesn't play but he's really loved in Egypt and nobody would want to see him hurt," said another, Mohamed Shehata.

Whether he plays or not, there is no doubting the commitment of the Egypt fans who have travelled from around the world to Yekaterinburg, 1,760 km (1,100 miles) east of Moscow.

"It took 44 hours to come over here," said Mohamed Kemal, who is from Houston, Texas. "And I am here for the team and we are going to be very loud in the stadium on Friday."

Egypt will also face hosts Russia and Saudi Arabia in the group stage.

GROZNY, June 13, 2018 (News Wires) - Mohamed Salah gave Egypt's World Cup hopes a huge boost Wednesday when he joined a squad training session at their Grozny base.

The Pharoahs' superstar has been sidelined since suffering a shoulder injury in Liverpool's Champions League final loss to Real Madrid on May 26.

However, an AFP reporter saw the forward take part in his first training session since the injury on Wednesday, going through a range of warm-up exercises with his teammates.

Team director Ihab Lahita was cagey about Salah's progress, saying there was no guarantee he would play in Egypt's Group A opener against Uruguay on Friday.

"There's a good degree of progress but no definitive decision on whether he takes part, as we are following his case day by day," he told reporters.

GRONZY, June 12, 2018 (News Wires) - Egypt forward Mohamed Salah remains a doubt to face Uruguay in their World Cup opener at Yekaterinburg on Friday, the country’s football association has said.

The Liverpool player, who sustained a shoulder injury in the Champions League final against Real Madrid last month, took part in light training on Monday but the Egyptian FA’s managing director Ehab Lehita said it was too early to say whether he would play against the South Americans.

“He is gradually getting better. However, I cannot confirm today that he will play in the first match,” Lehita said of the 25-year-old, who scored 44 goals for Liverpool last season.

“All I can say is that we hope he will play in this match.”

Egypt also face Saudi Arabia and hosts Russia in Group A.

Under heavy rains, Egypt's national football team held a training session one hour ahead of Iftar (fast-breaking) on Monday.

The holy fasting month of Ramadan will end Thursday, a day before the Pharaohs meet the La Celeste.

The Egyptian team's star Mohamed Salah took part in the training but also held some separate exercises under the supervision of the medical team.

It is not clear yet whether Salah will be able to play with the Egyptian team against Uruguay on Saturday.

The 25-year-old winger suffered a shoulder injury during last month's Champions League final against Real Madrid. Salah has been undergoing rehabilitation therapy since then.

Egypt will take on hosts Russia on June 19 before facing Saudi Arabia in their final group stage game on June 25.

Manager of the national football team Ihab Leheta said Monday it is early to decide if Liverpool winger Mohamed Salah would be fit for Egypt's opener in the FIFA World Cup against Uruguay.

Addressing a press conference, Leheta affirmed that Salah continues to improve after an injury in his team's Champions League final against Real Madrid.

Salah took part in an individual training session on the playground earlier in the day, the team manager said.

The player will be back to the squad just after ensuring full recovery, he added.
The Pharaohs have not reached the World Cup finals since 1990.

GROZNY, June 12, 2018 (MENA) - Manager of the national football team Ihab Leheta said that it is early to decide if Liverpool winger Mohamed Salah would be fit for 

Egypt's opener in the 2018 FIFA World Cup against Uruguay.

Addressing a press conference, Leheta affirmed that Salah continues to improve after an injury in his team's Champions League final against Real Madrid.

Salah took part in an individual training session on the playground earlier in the day, the team manager said.

The player will be back to the squad just after ensuring full recovery, he added.

The Pharaohs have not reached the World Cup finals since 1990.

 

 

 

By Ramadan A. Kader

Egyptians have a special reason to celebrate this week’s edition of the World Cup in Russia. It marks the first time for the Pharaohs to appear in the global tournament in 28 years.

The event is riveting attention of local merchants as well. World Cup-themed products have already hit the market, obviously taking advantage of the super-interest in the event.

Local grocery stores are selling a miniature golden cup filled with lollipops for LE50 (2.8 dollars).The product, which generates good sales, is graced with images of soccer legends: Mohamed Salah, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, according to private newspaper Al-Watan. The cup also sells empty as a souvenir, for LE20.

“Will we wait for the national team to play and win in order to make us happy?” a trader named Amir said jokingly as he lifted the cup inside his shop in central Cairo. “It’s finished. We have already won and got the cup too!”

 

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