Mohamed Salah has come under attack by football fans who were not impressed with how the Liverpool striker failed to shine against the Super Eagles on Tuesday evening, January 11. Kelechi Iheanacho who plays for Leicester City was the man of the match in the African Cup of Nations tie against Egypt which ended in a 1-0 win for Nigeria in Cameroon. Salah being the captain of Egypt was expected to shine by fans considering his performances so far this season in the Premier League for Liverpool, but the star was caged by Nigerian defenders.
Ola Aina, Zaidu and captain Troost-Ekong were impressive in the defense for the Super Eagles as they gave Mohamed Salah no breathing space. According to the report, Mohamed Salah was slammed by fans as they felt the Liverpool striker should have proved himself against Nigeria. The reports added that many fans claimed that Mohamed Salah can only operate at Liverpool and not with the national team.
One fan wrote: “Salah in ghost mode.” With a second saying: “Mohamed Salah’s only had 14 touches in the first half – the fewest of any Egypt player to play the whole 45 mins against Nigeria in this #AFCON2021 match…” A third continued: “Has Salah touched the ball? they’ve marked him dangerously.”
Egypt will tackle Guinea-Bissau in their next match at the 2021 African Cup of Nations with the target of redeeming themselves. Earlier, Egypt head coach Carlos Queiroz criticized centre referee Bakary Gassama following the Pharaohs’ 1-0 defeat to the Super Eagles in their opening game of the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations. The Pharaohs who are tipped as one of the favorites for the tournament were stunned in their first game after a Kelechi Iheanacho first-half strike condemned Egypt to their first group stage loss in 18 years at the AFCON.
Egypt goalkeeper Mohamed El-Shennawy was the hero for the Pharaohs as he kept out more attempts by the Nigerians making crucial saves to prevent Taiwo Awoniyi, Chidera Ejuke and Moses Simon from doubling the Super Eagles advantage.