Under-fire Salah blames heat, humidity for lackluster performance against Burkina Faso

Ahram Online , Thursday 2 Feb 2017,
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Ibrahim Salah
Egypt's midfielder Ibrahim Salah (L) challenges Burkina Faso's midfielder Charles Kabore during the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations semi-final football match between Burkina Faso and Egypt at the Stade de l'Amitie Sino-Gabonaise in Libreville on February 1, 2017 AFP

Egypt midfielder Ibrahim Salah revealed that he suffered a lot against Burkina Faso on Wednesday in the semi-final of the Africa Cup of Nations due to humidity and heat and asked people to take into account all the circumstances before judging him.

The Zamalek midfielder has been criticised following an unconvincing performance in the semi-final and was blamed for Burkina Faso's goal after letting a cross from Bertrand Traore elude him to find unmarked Aristide Bance in the area.

"I suffered a lot in Burkina Faso clash due to the bad weather. We played in a very hot weather and insupportable humidity, " Salah told a TV program on Thursday.

"It is my first appearance in this Nations Cup and I was forced to play 120 minutes," he concluded.

Salah played his first game of the tournament against Burkina Faso to make up for the absence of injured midfielder Mohamed Elneny.

He may play in Sunday's final if Elneny fails to recover from him calf injury.

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