Mohamed Salah has achieved “nothing” with Egypt and the Liverpool star should increase his stage when that includes for the nationwide group, in accordance with former Pharaohs coach Hassan Shehata.
In response, Egypt’s former sports activities and youth minister Khaled Abdel Aziz defended the ahead, calling him an exquisite ambassador and unifying determine for the nation.
Salah scored 31 targets and offered 15 assists throughout all competitions for Liverpool as they gained the EFL and FA Cups final season, additionally ending as runners-up within the Premier League and Champions League.
However the ahead skilled a extra irritating marketing campaign on the worldwide entrance, as Egypt misplaced the Africa Cup of Nations closing on penalties to Senegal in February and suffered the identical destiny in March’s essential World Cup qualification play-off – with Salah lacking from the spot within the latter contest.
These disappointing outcomes have led Shehata, who coached Egypt from 2004 to 2011 and gained consecutive Africa Cup of Nations titles in 2006, 2008, and 2010, to name for enhancements from Salah.
“Everyone knows that Salah is likely one of the stars of the world and never simply one of many stars of Egypt,” he informed Sada al-Balad. “The awards he took and the targets he scored give him the precise to be the highest star.
“However technically, and I’m sorry to say this, Salah has executed nothing with the nationwide group. He ought to have executed significantly better than he has. He should present extra when he performs for his nation.”
Nonetheless, Shehata did admit Salah was enjoying with inferior gamers when becoming a member of up with the nationwide group, and stated it was as much as coaches to get one of the best from the 30-year-old after Egypt put in a collection of lifeless shows at this 12 months’s Cup of Nations.
“It’s true [that there is a difference in quality compared to Liverpool],” Shehata stated. “He ought to have stated this to the officers right here – though he’s not the one who chooses the gamers – however he ought to’ve stated that the gamers right here usually are not just like the gamers in England.”
Shehata’s criticisms haven’t gone unnoticed in Egypt, with the nation’s former sports activities minister Aziz defending Salah’s position on and off the pitch.
“Mohamed Salah was one of the vital vital comfortable forces that returned life in Egypt to regular after the  June 30 revolution,” he wrote on Twitter, alongside a picture of himself with the Liverpool star.
“He was an exquisite international ambassador for his nation in a tough political interval and led the nationwide group to the World Cup after 28 years [in 2018].
“And regardless of the suspension of the league [after deaths occurred amid stadium violence in 2015] after which the league of the 2 teams, he led the group to the ultimate of Africa [Cup of Nations] 2017 after three consecutive instances we didn’t qualify in any respect.”
Egypt are in search of their third head coach of the calendar 12 months after sacking Ehab Galal after solely three video games on the helm final week, simply two months on from Carlos Queiroz quitting the position.