Mohamed Salah calls for change in the Egyptian National Team
Egyptian Mega football star Mohamed Salah has given his first public indication of his disagreement with Egypt Football federation and ill-fated World Cup campaign.
“Some might think it’s over but it isn’t over. There needs to be change,” the 26-year-old Salah wrote cryptically on his Twitter account late Sunday.
Some might think it’s over but it isn’t over. There needs to be change.
— Mohamed Salah (@MoSalah) July 1, 2018
The federation issued a statement Monday saying it was prepared for an inquiry by government agencies into its handling of the World Cup campaign.
Egypt lost all three matches in Russia, crashing out of its first World Cup since 1990 and causing an outcry back home over the team’s performance and the federation’s management.
Two federation officials told the AP that teammates pressured Salah into attending a banquet hosted by Kadyrov for Egypt’s World Cup squad. They said Salah wanted to stay away, arguing that being seen with Kadryrov would hurt his image. He went only after being warned that not attending could trigger a diplomatic incident between Egypt and Russia.
The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the media.