Salah Regains chance To Scoring Again

 Salah Regains chance To  Scoring Again
Liverpool Star, Salah gets a chance to rediscover his scoring touch.
He plays for Egypt against eSwatini in the Africa Cup of Nations this week.

After notching 44 goals for the English Premier League club in all competitions last season, the 26-year-old has managed only three this season, and just one in eight games since August.

Salah is the pride of Egypt having won the best goal and finished third in the best player category behind Luka Modric and Cristiano Ronaldo at the recent FIFA awards.

He is also among 30 contenders for the Ballon d’Or prize bestowed annually by France Football magazine.

His recent scarcity of goals for Liverpool, and being substituted in a match at Chelsea, has drawn sympathy from Egyptian pundits.

“He must not look back at last season, whether it was his goal scoring or his exceptional form,” said Islam el-Shater

“He must do what his manager (Jurgen Klopp) asks of him so that he does not lose his starting place.”

Another columnist in that newspaper, Mohammed el-Bourmy, wrote “Salah is being compared to Ronaldo and Messi.

“He is not required to do that, but had a good season with 20 goals to his name and enjoy himself.”

Hassan el-Mistekawi said that “the Salah smile is missing since the start of the season because of the pressure he to score”. Egypt can boast of Salah, eswatini have a caretaker coach and no stars with the squad comprised of locals and a sprinkling of players with South African second-tier clubs.

‘Beans-and-water’ diet.
The countries meet during Cup of Nations window with the return match next Tuesday where the nation lost to Tunisia last month.

Tunisia squad have been complaining of a “beans-and-water” diet and unpaid bonuses, and must believe they can collect maximum points to stay top of Group J.

Ayomide Oyewole

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