Mohamed Salah Breaks Silence Following Sacking of Egypt Coach Rui Vitoria After AFCON Exit

Mohamed Salah Breaks Silence Following Sacking of Egypt Coach Rui Vitoria After AFCON Exit

Lukman Mumuni
updated at February 13, 2024 at 11:54 AM
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  • Egypt sacked head coach, Rui Vitoria after their AFCON exit
  • Mohamed Salah has sent a goodwill message to the ex-boss
  • Salah missed Egypt's last two AFCON matches due to injury

Liverpool ace, Mohamed Salah has reacted to the sacking of Egypt coach, Rui Vitoria.

The Portuguese gaffer was relieved of his role following the elimination of the seven-time African champions from the tournament in Ivory Coast.

Egypt suffered a Round of 16 exit after a penalty shootout defeat to the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Mohamed Salah and Rui Vitoria share ideas during Egypt's national team training at AFCON 2023.
Mohamed Salah and Rui Vitoria share ideas during Egypt's national team training at AFCON 2023. Credit: @MoSalah.
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The Pharaohs also failed to win a single game at the continental tournament and managed to progress after three draws in three matches.

The Egyptian Football Association are currently in a hunt for a new coach with two-time AFCON winner, Herve Renard, reportedly top of the list.

Liverpool ace, Salah took to social media to wish former coach Vitoria the best, expressing gratitude for their time together.

"Thanks for everything, coach. I wish you the best in the future," wrote Salah on X (formerly Twitter).

Meanwhile, the 31-year-old endured a tough tournament and was ultimately sidelined, having to leave the camp before the team's elimination.

Salah suffered an injury in the 2-2 draw against Ghana, lasting only 43 minutes of that match.

His only goal of the tournament was a penalty against Mozambique in Egypt's opening Group B game, as reported by the BBC.

Salah resumes training at Liverpool

Sports Brief also reported that Salah has started his recovery after picking an injury at the Africa Cup of Nations in the game against Ghana.

The 31-year-old was forced off during the first half of the Group B clash, as the Black Stars and the Pharaohs shared the spoils in Abidjan.

Salah returned to England immediately where the Liverpool medical team assessed the extent of his reported hamstring strain.

DR Congo eliminates Egypt from AFCON

Sports Brief also reported that seven-time champions, Egypt were knocked out of AFCON by DR Congo on post-match penalties.

The Leopards goalkeeper, Lionel Mpasi converted the winning spot kick after Egypt's Mohamed Abou Gabal missed his attempt.

Meschack Elia opened the scoring at 37 minutes for DR Congo but Mostafa Mohamed equalised in added time of the first half.

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Lukman Abdul Mumin is a Sports Journalist based in Accra, Ghana. He has been writing for the past five years. Lukman joined Sports Brief as an Editor for the Local Desk in 2022.