Egypt Striker Mohammed Salah Makes Huge Statement After AFCON Quarter-Finals Qualification
- Mohamed Salah says he is desperate to win Africa Cup of Nations title with Egypt after the Pharaohs progressed to the last 8 of the competition
- Egypt progressed to the quarter finals after a thrilling penalty victory over West Africans Ivory Coast with Manchester United defender Eric Baily missing the only spot kick
- The Pharaohs will next play against Morocco in the quarter-finals as they continue their bid to win a record extending 8th AFCON title
Egypt captain Mohammed Salah has said winning the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations will mean more to him as the Pharaohs edge closer to winning an eight continental crown.
Salah scored the winning penalty as the team edged Ivory Coast 5-4 via penalty shootout in the quarter-finals Manchester United defender Eric Baily missing his own spot kick.
The 7-time champions will now meet fellow North Africans Morocco in the last eight as they continue their quest to win a record extending 8th African title.
According to a report via Sportskeeda, the Liverpool forward says he wishes to win everything with the Egyptian national team.
“Of course, I want to win something with the national team. It’s my country, what I love the most. This trophy for me would be completely different, would be the closest to my heart.
“We were close before to win this African Cup (in 2017); we gave it everything, but we were not lucky to win it. But it’s ok; now we are here in the new one. We have to fight for it; we have to give everything to win it, and I’m sure the players have the same feeling.”
Salah should apologize to Egyptian fans
Meanwhile Egytptian legend Hossam Hassan has urged Mo Salah to apologize to the country’s fans after the Liverpool forward criticized his countrymen ahead of their Round-of-16 clash Kingfut reports.
Fans had criticized the Egyptian team for a slow start to the competition after an opening round loss but Salah responded by saying the Egyptian fans are too busy showing their support to individuals or specific clubs instead of the national team.
Hossam Hassan has however berated Salah’s comments, insisting the Liverpool forward should apologize to the Egyptian fans after Pharaohs progressed to the AFCON quarter-finals.
Malawi Coach Slams Favouritism at AFCON
Earlier, Sports Brief reported Malawi head coach Mario Marinica has hit out at 2021 Africa Cup of Nations organisers over poor conditions his team has had to contend with in Cameroon.
Marinica alleged there was clear bias on the treatment of teams participating in the continental showpiece, claiming 'small' teams are being subjected to wanting conditions.
The Romanian tactician made the claim as his team prepared to take on Morocco in their last 16 clash on Tuesday, January 25.