Mohamed Salah arrives in Cairo to calm tension with EFA


Egypt international and Liverpool striker Mohamed Salah arrived in Cairo on Sunday from London to join the national team in preparation for the match against Niger, scheduled for September 8 at the Borg al-Arab Stadium, in the African Cup of Nations qualifiers.

The team’s coach Javier Aguirre will meet with Salah to calm tensions between Salah and the Egyptian Football Association (EFA).

The Salah-EFA dispute became public last week after Salah wrote on twitter asking why the EFA wasn’t answering his complaints.

The EFA reportedly answered back with a strongly worded statement threatening to take Salah over to the disciplinary committee, which they later denied, claiming these accounts were fakes.

Salah posted several videos on his Facebook account detailing the issue. He demanded his team be given better security, business-class flights and quiet camps to help them focus while training.

Reports of mismanagement by the EFA went viral following the Egyptian team’s exit from the 2018 World Cup. The sponsoring company for the team reportedly booked the same hotel for the players, pubic figures, and artists, throwing their schedule into chaos.

Salah said that the day they arrived at the World Cup camp he only went to bed at 6 am.

In June various parliament members called to setting up a fact-finding committee to investigate possible corruption by the EFA during the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.

Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm

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