Egypt World Cup Focus: EFA says Mohamed Salah will be available for Uruguay clash

Egypt World Cup Focus: EFA says Mohamed Salah will be available for Uruguay clash
Godfrey Walusimbi of Uganda tries to challenge Mohamed Salah of Egypt

by Phumzile Ngcatshe

Friday Jun 08, 2018. 10:00

The Egyptian Football Association has announced that winger Mohamed Salah will be available to face Uruguay in their 2018 FIFA World Cup opener on June 15.

According to an EFA board member Khaled Latif, he said Salah will be available for the game and that 40 thousand people are expected to watch Egypt’s final training session.


The Liverpool winger was injured during the UEFA Champions League final against Real Madrid, forcing doubts about his availability for the World Cup.

However, Egypt manager Hector Cuper seemed to be optimistic and believed that Salah will be back for the second game against Russia or even for the opener against Uruguay.

“I think that even if Salah will not be in the starting line-up, he will play a couple of minutes,” Latif told an Egyptian radio station.

“There is currently a coordination session in the EFA, to discuss the preparations for the training session and the team’s flight to Russia and the delivery of the league shield to Al Ahly.

“The amount of supporters in the training session will exceed 40 thousand, according to the security approvals, there are currently many coordinating with Tharwat Soilam, the EFA’s executive director.

“There are some very good security arrangements taking place, before thinking about the number of supporters we have to think about how we’ll assure their security. EFA president and the rest of the board member will be in the training.”

Moreover, Latif also confirmed that the 25-yer-old will participate in the Pharaoh’s final training on Saturday at the Cairo International Stadium before heading to Russia.

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