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Liverpool star man and one of the prospective icons of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations, Mohamed Salah is a glaring absentee in the Egyptian camp.

According to Egyptian publication, KingFut, national team director, director Ihab Leheta has revealed the reason to why Liverpool’s winger hasn’t arrived at Egypt’s training camp yet.

The Egyptian National Team have started their camp as they prepare for 2019 AFCON, hosted by Egypt, which will take place between 21st June to 19th of July.

However, Salah hasn’t featured in the the training camp as he is taking the needed rest after winning his historic UEFA Champions League title in Madrid on the 1st of June before arriving at the Camp.

 “The national team has 8 players who play abroad, six of them finished their season in mid-May, so they managed to take enough rest before arriving at the camp,” Lehita said on TimeSports.


“On the other hand, Mohamed Elneny and Mohamed Salah have finished their seasons later, as they had Europa League and UEFA Champions League finals to play; therefore, they had to take some rest.”

“Elneny has just arrived to the training camp and he has been undergoing additional exercises to raise his fitness level and Salah has agreed with the technical staff for an additional rest before featuring in the camp in the next few hours,” he concluded.

Egypt will kick off their AFCON campaign on the 21st of June by facing Zimbabwe in Group A that includes Uganda and DR Congo as well.

Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and Africa's most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022. He was honoured at the Qatar 2022 World Cup by FIFA and AIPS.

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