The Egyptian national team is preparing to meet its Kenyan counterpart, on Thursday, in the penultimate confrontation of the African Nations Cup qualifiers scheduled in Cameroon next year.
The image of Salah carrying a giant basket of balls on his back won great praises from the football fans in Egypt, as well as the welcome of observers and analysts who considered it the beginning of Salah’s return to brilliance with the national team after a long period of absence that included problems with the Football Association, regarding marketing matters between the Liverpool star. And former officials of the union.
Salah has been absent from participating in the official matches of the Egyptian national team since the sixth of July 2019, specifically since the “Pharaohs” meeting against South Africa in the 16th round of the African Nations Cup hosted by Egypt and deposited it from the final price.
Sports critic Sherif Abdel Qader said, “It is customary for the youngest player in the team to carry the balls, especially since in the foreign camps of the national team, only one worker accompanies the mission to the dressing rooms.”
Abdel Qader added to “Sky News Arabia”: “Salah volunteered to carry out the mission and carries many messages, including the humility enjoyed by one of the five most important players in the world, in addition to that it indicates the satisfaction he feels in the national team during this period.”
The sports critic confirmed that “since Salah arrived in Cairo at the beginning of this week (before traveling to Nairobi), there is a state of happiness that everyone sees on his face, unlike previous times that witnessed crises and problems with those responsible for the football administration.”
On the demands of some people to give Salah the national captaincy badge, Abdel Qader explained that it is better to continue working with the seniority system, especially since such matters may cause problems among the players, and “Salah’s carrying the captain’s badge will not increase him and taking it off will not reduce him, but the imposition and implementation of the system Everyone should serve the team. “
The Egyptian national team tops its group with 8 points, one goal difference from the Comoros national team, Kenya ranks third with 3 points, while the Togo team trails the group with one point.