By Boris Esono N
Football Writer kick442.com-Cameroon
Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah has been named as the new captain of the senior national team, reports the Egyptian Football Association (EFA). This decision from the EFA breaks away from the age-old tradition of appointing the senior player of the team.
Mohamed Salah has scored some 30 goals in 70 appearances for the Pharaohs so far. It is the second-best return of any player of the national team just behind Striker Hossam Hassan, who scored 68 goals in 176 games for the national team. Mohamed Salah still has a long way to go if he is to catch up with Hassan as the top scorer of the national team.
Salah was appointed as the team’s captain by Head Coach Hossam Al-Badri as the country looks to participate in the upcoming FIFA World Cup qualifying campaigns.
According to reports, the honour was previously held by defender Ahmed Fathy who has relinquished the armband to Mohamed Salah. Reports also suggest that the other senior players of the national team were informed of the decision to name Salah.
“Hossam Al-Badri, the coach of the first national football team, has decided to award the captain’s armband to Mohamed Salah,” the EFA said in an official statement on Monday as reported by Kickoff.
“The decision came after the coach informed the players who preceded Salah in seniority and who supported this step. Al-Badri believes that the next stage needs stability and stability in some matters, including the leadership badge.
“The technical and administrative staff seeks to arrange matters in the coming period to achieve the dream of the Egyptians and football fans to qualify for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.”
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