Egyptian coach Sayed Moawad has compared star player Mohamed Salah to Portuguese international superstar Cristiano Ronaldo. Sayed Moawad is the assistant manager in the Egyptian national team setup and he compared the importance of Salah with that of Ronaldo in a chat with local newspaper Sada El Badal.
He spoke on the recent absence of Mohamed Salah for the recent 2022 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifiers this month. According to him,the Egyptian team missed the influence of the Liverpool attacker. Moawad also pointed out that it would be the first time that Salah will be missing four consecutive games for the national team.
Mohamed Salah always give the Egyptian team a massive lift with his presence. Sayed Moawadis certain that Salah is important to Egypt, just as Cristiano Ronaldo is important to European champions Portugal or like the importance of Riyad Mahrez and Sadio Mane to the Algerian national team and the Ivorian national team respectively.
Salah reported for national team duty last week before he returned a positive result for Covid-19. The test was done for the second time to ascertain its authenticity and the result didn’t change. The virus forced him to miss the two AFCON qualifiersplayed against the Hawks of Togo. Without Salah in the Egyptian team, the North Africans were able to record back-to-back wins over the Hawks of Togo.
The first meeting in Egypt ended in a 1-0 win, while the second game was more emphatic. The Pharaohs beat their opponents 3-1 away from home.
Mohamed Salah missed the two Egypt games as pointed out earlier due to his positive Coronavirus result and he’ll also miss the next Liverpool game. The Reds have a tricky fixture on the horizon. They are at home to league leaders Leicester City on Sunday night.