Fallout runs deep as Salah, Egypt flop at Cup of Nations

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afcon2019: Fallout runs deep as Salah, Egypt flop at Cup of Nations

File: Egypt's forward Mohamed Salah eyes the ball during the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations football match between Egypt and DR Congo. Photo: AFP

The forward arrived here full of promise — his mood and fitness in sharp contrast to this time last June when his shoulder was injured as he was wrestled to the ground by Real Madrid’s Sergio Ramos in the 3-1 loss in the 2018 Champions League final in Kiev. One of the most popular Twitter hashtags in the wake of Salah and others defending the midfielder was “National team of sexual harassers”.

Shouldering the weight of expectation of nearly 100 million Egyptians, hoping for a fourth title in five editions as hosts, Salah found himself a capable ally in Mahmoud ‘Trezeguet’ Hassan, the team’s standout performer in the group stage. Aguirre came in for criticism for his management of the side during the Cup of Nations, with Egypt legend Wael Gomaa accusing the Mexican of having “no tactics or strategy”.


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