The saga continues, as Egyptian Football Association officials deny rumours that made a whole nation hold its breath.
In the latest episode of the soap opera that is Mo Salah and his on-and-off, (allegedly) abusive relationship with local football authorities, the Egyptian FA have, to some extent, quashed the rumours that the Liverpool star is considering quitting the national team, as had been reported by CNN via an unnamed source close to the player.
Speaking on television show, Masaa DMC, EFA board member, Ahmed Megahed, told presenter, Eman El Hosry, that Salah was training with the team as normal, while The Sun has reported president of the Egyptian FA, Hany Abo Rida, saying that, “we have our captain Mohamed Salah and under the rules FIFA requires him to be inside his camp and requires him to stay with his team.”
Many took to social media to vent their anger at what they believed to be unfounded rumours by CNN and its unnamed source on Sunday, though the same people have been quick to believe Egypt Today’s report on Monday that Salah is happy, despite also coming from an 'unnamed source close to the player'.
Add to the fact that statements by EFA officials have not directly addressed whether the circus caused by Chechen president, Ramzan Kadyrov, has had any effect on the reported unrest and you have a rather stickily suspicious situation.
The EFA has also failed to clarify why the Egyptian national team was based in Chechnya in the first place; 2,601km away from Yekaterinburg where they played their first game against Uruguay, 2,563km away from St Petersburg where they played their second game against the hosts and 813km away from Volgograd where they are set to finish their disappointing campaign against Saudi Arabia. By the end of the Egypt’s run, the team will have travelled almost 12,000km to-and-from games on that nifty bus of theirs.
Some fans have pointed to a tweet by Salah as proof that everything is fine and dandy.
الجميع في منتخب مصر متكاتف ولا يوجد أي خلاف على الإطلاق بيننا.. نحترم بعضنا البعض والعلاقة على أفضل وجه.— Mohamed Salah (@MoSalah) June 20, 2018
However, the tweet, which says “Everyone in the Egyptian team is united and there is no disagreement at all between us. We respect each other and our relationship is at its best,” appeared on June 20 – four days before CNN’s report. In fact, it’s much more likely to have been addressing previous unspecified unrest following Egypt’s defeat to Russia.
So, where does this leave us? Who knows anymore. God help us all.
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