A lack of playing time for Mo Salah isn’t helping Egypt.
Egypt manager Shawky Gharib was scathing in his views on Chelsea’s treatment of star winger Mohamed Salah after his side were beaten 2-0 by a Mame Biram Diouf inspired Senegal in their opening African Nations qualifying match in Cairo, report the Mail.
Gharib claimed that a lack of fitness for Salah, a bit-part player at Chelsea but Egypt’s star man, was one of the root causes of their lacklustre display in a defeat that does their chances of qualifying for the tournament in Morocco no good at all.
Salah is yet to make a first team appearance for Jose Mourinho’s Blues this season, and Gharib felt that was one of the causes of his side’s poor showing:
“The poor fitness of the players, especially Chelsea’s Mohamed Salah, is also a reason for the loss. The Egyptian league hasn’t started yet and also Salah didn’t play regularly with Chelsea. If Salah is off-form, Egypt’s performance is always affected.”
Salah has failed to hit the heights for Chelsea that he showed against them in the Champions League for FC Basel last season, since making the switch from the Swiss champions in January.