Saturday Sep 18, 2021. 16:00
New Egyptian national team assistant coach Diaa El-Sayed says star player Mohamed Salah is eager to play in the teams’ two World Cup Qualifying matches against Libya next month.
El-Sayed is a part of the new technical team in charge of the Pharaohs, headed up by former Real Madrid manager Carlos Queiroz.
The veteran Portuguese’s first challenge will come in back-to-back matches against Libya in Group F on 6-9 and 10-12 October.
The Mediterranean Knights lead the way in the group with six points after wins over Gabon and Angola, while Egypt took four points from their two matches against the same opponents.
The big question mark heading into the North African derbies is whether Salah will be available: the Liverpool man missed Egypt’s 1-0 win over Angola earlier this month due to travel restrictions imposed by the Premier League, and it’s unclear whether he will be given the green light to play.
El-Sayed did not clarify Salah’s availability, but says the forward is keen to feature in the matches.
“Mohamed Salah is very excited and wants to play both matches against Libya, and I hope the travel procedures will be easy,” the former Egypt U20 coach told OnTime Sport TV, as quoted by KingFut.
El-Sayed also discussed the possibility of seeing new faces in the upcoming training camp.
“Everything is possible, we’re open about anything, maybe there will be one, two, or five new players. It will all depend on Queiroz’s vision,” he concluded.