Hassan Shehata, a former Pharaohs coach, says Mohamed Salah has achieved “nothing” with Egypt and the Liverpool star needs to step up his game when he plays for the national team.
In response, Khaled Abdel Aziz, Egypt’s former Minister of Sport and Youth, stood up to defend the striker, who called him a great ambassador and unifying figure in the country.
Salah scored 31 goals and provided 15 assists in all series for Liverpool when they won the EFL and FA Cup the previous season and finished second in the Premier League and Champions League.
However, the forward had an even more frustrating campaign on the international front as Egypt lost the African Cup final to Senegal on penalties in February and met the same fate in March’s World Cup qualifier final – Salahral. those from the last game.
The disappointing results prompted Shehata, who coached Egypt from 2004 to 2011 and won the African Cup in 2006, 2008 and 2010, to call for Salala’s development.
“We all know that Salah is one of the stars of the world and not just one of the stars of Egypt,” said Sada al-Balad. “The awards received and the goals scored allow him to be the best star.
“But technically, and I’m sorry, Salah didn’t do anything for the national team. He should have done much better than he did. He has more to offer when he plays for his country.”
However, Shehata acknowledged that Salah was playing with weaker players when he arrived at the national team and said it was up to coaches to get the best out of the 30-year-old after Egypt delivered a series of boring performances at this year’s Nations Cup. . .
“It’s true [there is a quality difference to Liverpool],” Shehata said. “He should have told the officials here – although he doesn’t pick the players – but he should have said the players here are not like they are in England.”
Shehata’s criticisms in Egypt have not gone unnoticed either, with former sports minister Aziz championing Salah’s role on and off the field.
“Mohamed Salah was one of the main soft forces that brought life back to normal in Egypt after the 30th June 2013 revolution,” he wrote on Twitter alongside a photo showing the Liverpool star.
“He was a great global ambassador for his country in a difficult political period, after 28 years [in 2018] leading the national team to the World Cup.
And although he was banned from the race [after the violent deaths at the stadium in 2015] and after the two-group race, three times in a row when we didn’t qualify, he led the team to the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations] final. no way. “
Egypt are looking for their third manager of the year after Ehab Galal resigned after just three games, just two months after Carlos Queiroz was sacked.