Egypt forward Mohamed Salah could miss the hosts’ Africa Cup of
Nations last-16 tie with South Africa after sitting out of training on
Salah, who has had a cold, was told by Egypt coach Javier Aguirre not to “worsen his condition” by training.
The Liverpool forward has scored two goals in his side’s three group games.
absence in Cairo would be a blow for the seven-time champions, who have
been criticised at home despite winning all three games without
Many Egyptians feel that the current team is a shadow of the side which won three successive tournaments between 2006 and 2010.
South Africa boss Stuart Baxter believes it would be a “national
disaster” for Egypt if the hosts were beaten by his side.
Bafana, who qualified in the final spot reserved for the four best
third-place sides, scored just once in an unimpressive group stage
“The fact that we’re playing against the home nation is inspiring,” said Baxter.
the Egyptian people, knowing their passion for football, knowing their
expectations are very high, knowing that they have some great players, I
believe that the pressure would be more on them.
only victory in the tournament came against neighbours Namibia in a
narrow 1-0 win, but Baxter says his side will “quietly believe we can
cause an upset”.
“We know that we will have to play very, very
well because this is a good Egyptian team and they will have massive
support,” he added.
“It’s our job to bring maybe some
frustration. If we can do that and the crowd become a little bit
impatient, the players will feel that on the field.