Egypt’s Mohamed Salah (left) fights for the ball with DR Congo’s Meschack Elia Lina during their CAN match on Wednesday. Associated Press
While Salah helped lead his club to a sixth European Cup triumph in June, a year on from an injury forcing him out of the final, he was powerless to stop the Pharaohs suffering humiliation on the international stage for the second time in 12 months.
Egypt opened the African Cup of Nations by beating outsider Zimbabwe 1-0 in Cairo on Friday, providing relief for Mohamed Salah, the host nation and the continent’s soccer bosses.
Mohamed Salah was left stunned after the hosts Egypt were ousted of the Africa Cup of Nations by South Africa in a shock defeat on Saturday. In another match, Odion Ighalo scored twice and teed up Alex Iwobi’s winning goal as Nigeria
Cross-code star Sonny Bill Williams was benched and fellow centre Ryan Crotty missed out altogether as New Zealand named their team for Saturday’s Rugby World Cup quarter-final against Ireland.
Bottom club Ittihad Kalba will look to bounce back to give their new coach a winning debut when they take on Fujairah in the fourth round match of the Arabian Gulf League (AGL) on Friday.