Mohamed Salah injury ‘not serious’, says Egypt assistant coach

The Egyptian ace picked up a knock with just minutes remaining of Egypt's clash against Swaziland. (Reuters)
Updated 13 October 2018
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Mohamed Salah injury ‘not serious’, says Egypt assistant coach

  • Salah scores for first time in four matches as Egypt beat Swaziland 4-1.
  • Egyptian ace's match marred by picking up an injury towards the end of the match.

Hany Ramzy insisted Mohamed Salah’s injury, suffered during Egypt’s 4-1 win over Swaziland, is not serious and that the Liverpool player will be fit soon.
Salah ended his four-game goal drought by finding the back of the net direct from a corner in the African Cup of Nations qualifier in Cairo. It
was the side’s fourth in an easy victory, but was overshadowed as the 26-year-old limped off toward the end of the match.
But any fears Egypt and Liverpool fans had were quickly laid to rest the the Pharaohs’ assistant coach.
“It doesn’t look serious. I think it is only a muscle strain but he will undergo medical scans to determine the length of the injury” Ramzy told Egyptian newspaper Al-Ahram.
It was his fifth goal in his past four matches for the Pharaohs, but while he has been in brilliant form for his country, he has struggled for his club. Before the clash against Swaziland Salah was without a goal for Liverpool since Sept. 22 something of a slump after his 44 goals in a blistering debut season at Anfield last season.
The 26-year-old is expected to sit out a return match for Swaziland on Tuesday and the next up for Liverpool is a Premier League game away at Huddersfield next Saturday. The Reds will certainly be hoping he takes his record-breaking scoring form for Egypt — Salah’s goal was his 13th in African Cup of Nations qualifying, overtaking the previous Egyptian record by Hossam Hassan — back to Britain.


Ahmed Barman out to toast Al-Ain success in FIFA Club World Cup

Updated 11 December 2018
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Ahmed Barman out to toast Al-Ain success in FIFA Club World Cup

  • Tournament gets under way on Wednesday when Al-Ain take on Team Wellington at home.
  • UAE midfielder sure his side can cause a few shocks.

LONDON: While he is only too aware of the quality opposition they have to face, Al-Ain midfielder Ahmed Barman is backing “The Boss” to scare a few teams in the FIFA Club World Cup.
The tournament gets under way when the UAE outfit face Team Wellington on their home ground in the opener today. Last year saw fellow Arabian Gulf League side Al-Jazira reach the semifinal where they gave Real Madrid a huge fright before narrowly losing 2-1. And inspired by that march to the last four, Barman is looking for Al-Ain to go one better and become the first Emirati side to make the final.
“The FIFA Club World Cup is a global competition coveted by every club,” Barman said. “Al-Ahli, Al-Jazira and Al-Wahda participated in this tournament before and did their part, putting the UAE on the world map. We at Al-Ain hope to reach the semi-final, as Al-Jazira did, or do even better.”
Before any tournament it is only natural to dream of glory and lifting the trophy in front of adoring fans. But the midfielder is not getting too cocky, revealing that despite having home advantage Al-Ain are taking absolutely nothing for granted, starting with Wednesday’s clash against the Kiwis.
“There’s no doubt that we’re aiming to reach the final and face a giant like Real Madrid, but first we have to focus on our opening match against Team Wellington,” the 24-year-old said.
“We need to win to progress from this round and play the subsequent games until we reach the final against Real Madrid and show a standard of play the UAE can be proud of.”
Barman is not anticipating an easy opener.
“Team Wellington are a very good team with considerable ability. They won their local league and the OFC Champions League, which proves they’re powerful.
“So, all our focus is on this opening match. We’re annualizing our opponents to understand their capabilities as we prepare to perform well on the pitch and get positive result.”
The UAE champions did not have the best preparation for their stab at Club World Cup glory, losing 5-2 to Al-Wasl in the UAE President’s Cup at the weekend.
That result, while clearly not ideal, has not bothered the side’s coach.
“We cannot win every game, what is gone is gone, it’s full concentration on the match ahead,” Zoran Mamic said.
“There are no rules that Al-Ain cannot lose games, that’s why I don’t make any drama.”
But while Barman was keen to invoke the memory of Al-Jazira’s march to the last four, his boss was less so, telling his team to focus on the match at hand before getting ahead of themselves.
“We are not here to talk about last year, just as we are not here to talk about the future,” the Croatian said. “We are here to represent the club in the best possible way. We focus on the match at hand and everything will take care of itself.”
Of today’s opponents he added: “We have watched all their games, we know their strengths and where they are not so strong. They are particularly good offensively, they play with fast wingers and a striker who is a good scorer, they play a system that is unusual to us because no teams in the Emirates play with three in the last line. If we do our job we will (have) a good match.”