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Mohamed Salah’s Tussle with New Pharaohs Manager Overshadows Egyptian Football

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In the heart of Egyptian football, a storm is brewing. The clash between Liverpool’s star player, Mohamed Salah, and the newly appointed national team manager, Hossam Hassan, has ignited a fiery debate that is gripping the nation.

The rift between Salah and Hassan has become the focal point of the Egyptian football landscape, from heated discussions on sports talk shows to fervent exchanges on social media platforms.

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The saga traces its origins back to the Africa Cup of Nations in January, where Salah’s decision to leave the tournament prematurely to undergo treatment for a hamstring injury incurred during a group match sparked controversy.

Critics argued that as captain, Salah should have remained with the team in the Ivory Coast, even while receiving treatment. However, Salah’s departure and subsequent actions have set off a chain of events that have left the Egyptian football community divided.

Hassan, a former international and the Pharaohs’ all-time top scorer, publicly questioned Salah’s commitment to the national team, stating that Salah should not be allowed to play if he chose to return after seeking treatment in England.

This statement laid the groundwork for the ongoing conflict between the two football titans. Despite Egypt’s early exit from the tournament, the controversy surrounding Salah’s departure persisted.

Manager Rui Vitoria was soon sacked, and Hassan assumed the reins in February. Salah’s failure to publicly congratulate Hassan on his appointment further fueled speculation that their relationship had soured irreparably.

Experts familiar with the situation revealed that Salah has not spoken to Hassan since his appointment as manager, refusing to take his calls and remaining publicly silent on the matter.

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Instead, Salah relayed his decision not to join the national squad for recent friendlies through sports minister Ashraf Sobhy, signalling a clear divide between him and the national team management.

The fallout from the Salah-Hassan rift has deeply divided Egyptian football fans, with the majority rallying behind the Liverpool forward.

Salah’s remarkable contributions to the national team, including securing Egypt’s qualification for the 2018 World Cup and reaching the finals of multiple Africa Cup of Nations tournaments, have endeared him to the Egyptian people.

However, Hassan’s fiery temperament and perceived managerial shortcomings have come under increased scrutiny, particularly following the Pharaohs’ lacklustre performances in recent matches.

Former Egyptian internationals and football analysts have voiced their support for Salah, emphasizing his invaluable contributions to Egyptian football and urging Hassan to reconsider his approach.

They argue that Salah’s absence would be a significant loss for the national team and caution against underestimating his impact.

As the debate rages on, all eyes are on Salah and Hassan as they navigate this tumultuous period in Egyptian football history. With crucial World Cup qualifiers on the horizon, the resolution of their conflict remains uncertain.

However, one thing is clear: the clash of titans between Mohamed Salah and Hossam Hassan has captured the nation’s attention and sparked a passionate discourse that shows no signs of abating anytime soon.

 

This article was created using automation and was thoroughly edited and fact-checked by one of our editorial staff members

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