Salah happy with Guinea Bissau win, hopes Egypt will improve in AFCON

Ahram Online , Saturday 15 Jan 2022

Egypt striker and captain Mohamed Salah said is happy with the team's victory over Guinea-Bissau, which put them in pole position to advance to the African Nations Cup last 16, but hopes the team will improve in their next games after another lifeless display.

Egypt s forward Mohamed Salah (R) poses with the man of the match trophy after the Group D Africa Cu
Egypt s forward Mohamed Salah (R) poses with the man of the match trophy after the Group D Africa Cup of Nations (CAN) 2021 football match between Guinea-Bissau and Egypt at Stade Roumde Adjia in Garoua on January 15, 2022. AFP

The Liverpool forward scored the winner from a left-footed volley nine minutes past the hour mark as the Pharaohs bounced back from an opening 1-0 loss to Nigeria.

"I am happy with the victory but I know that our performance has not been good today and in the past game; I hope we can improve," Salah told beIN sport after the game.

"We are facing a lot of challenges and all the African teams have now become strong as they have a lot of players in Europe. We may be one of the least teams with players playing in Europe."

Despite boasting the likes of Salah, Arsenal's Mohamed Elneny and Stuttgart’s Omar Marmoush, the record seven-time African champions are yet to live up to expectations at the Nations Cup. 

Salah, who won the man of the match award, ended a seven-match goal drought with Egypt to grab his 44th international goal in 75 games.

"I don't really focus on scoring; what's important for me is to help the team win. I want to win a title with Egypt, which would be my greatest achievement," he concluded.


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