Mo Salah under 'tight security' ahead of Egypt-Kenya showdown

Liverpool star Mo Salah under 'tight security' ahead of Egypt clash with Kenya
2 min read
24 March, 2021
Salah has a security team accompanying him during his stay in Kenya.
Mo Salah has been assigned extra security for his stay in Kenya [Getty/ Archive]
Egypt's national football team has asked for a private security team to accompany star player Mohamed Salah ahead of the Pharaohs' AFCON qualifier clash with Kenya on Thursday.

The 28-year-old Liverpool ace is set to make his first international appearance in almost two years after arriving in Kenya with the 28-man Egyptian squad on Sunday.

The request was reportedly granted, adding an extra layer of protection around the striker, in addition to Covid-19 precautions. 

Khaled al-Abyad, Egypt's ambassador to Kenya, confirmed that the Egyptian team was under "tight security" for their trip, according to Masr Times.
Salah joined his Egypt teammates for training on Monday, after missing the first two games of the Afcon qualifiers against Kenya and Comoros due to injury.

Salah's last international tour with the Pharaohs in November saw him sidelined after he tested positive for Covid-19. His last appearance for Egypt was in 2019, when the Pharaohs lost 0-1 to South Africa.

Ahead of his trip to Kenya, Salah came under the media spotlight after actress Nouran Khalil posted a photo with the football star, raising concerns about player safety and quarantine measures.

Salah appeared to flout measures established by the Egyptian Football Association to prevent players from mixing prior to the Kenya trip.

Egypt is currently in the top spot of Group G in the Afcon qualifiers with eight points, separated from second place Comoros by goal difference.

Egypt will only need to secure one point from its next two games to secure a spot at the Afcon finals in Cameroon next year.

Ahead of their trip, national team officials asked the Egyptian embassy in Kenya to provide private security for Mohamed Salah, something which was granted.

The 28-year-old is currently Egypt's third all-time goalscorer with 43 goals and is just one goal away from second-placed Hassan El-Shazly, and 33 behind Hossam Hassan, who leads the charts.

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