Senegalese fans attacked the captain of the Egyptian national football team, Mohamed Salah, upon his arrival in the capital, Dakar, before the upcoming confrontation between Egypt and its Senegalese counterpart in the second leg of the Qatar 2022 World Cup qualifier, today (Tuesday).
The pioneers of social networking circulated a video clip of a Senegalese fan chanting the name of “Sadio Mane”, the Senegalese and Liverpool player, when Salah and his colleagues passed upon their arrival in the capital, Dakar.
Mostafa Mohamed, striker for the Egyptian national football team and the Turkish side, Galatasaray, responded to the Senegalese fans, saying: “Mo Salah is better than Mane.”
According to Egyptian media, the Senegalese fans at Dakar airport attacked both Liverpool’s star and captain Mohamed Salah, and Ahmed Sayed Zizou, the wing of Zamalek club and the Pharaohs’ midfielder, upon their arrival.
The Egyptian team won 1-0 in the first leg match at Cairo Stadium last Friday, before the return match against the African champion in the third confrontation between the two teams in two months.
The Egyptian team needs to win or draw any result today, to ensure its participation in the World Cup for the fourth time in its history after 1934, 1990 and 2018.
The match will be held at 7 pm, Cairo time, at the Diamniadio Olympic Stadium in the Senegalese capital, Dakar.
Egypt had avenged Friday, for its loss against Senegal in the final match of the continental wedding in Cameroon earlier this year by penalty shootout, but its mission will not be easy to return with the qualification card for the fourth time in its history to the World Cup and the second in a row, since the “Teranga Lions” will be supported by their huge fans in the first Her home match since her second continental crowning in its history.
The Pharaohs have a strong point represented in the defense line that kept a clean sheet for more than 210 minutes against Senegal in two matches in less than seven weeks, as the two teams tied negatively in the original and extra time in the final match of the African Nations Cup in Cameroon recently, then In Friday’s meeting, which grabbed Egypt to win by a clean goal.
Now, the Egyptian team no longer needs to score as much as they need to keep a clean sheet for another 90 minutes in today’s match. The Pharaohs suffer from impressive absences in the defense line due to the injury of the defender of the Saudi Federation of Jeddah, Ahmed Hegazy, who missed the first leg, and Mohamed Abdel Moneim, who underwent surgery for a broken nose in the Friday meeting, and Mahmoud Hamdi (Al Wench) was suspended.
For his part, the coach of the Egyptian national team, Carlos Queiroz, stated that he is confident in the team’s ability to defeat Senegal at home.
“We know each other very well, this is our third match in a short period of time,” Queiroz said in a press conference yesterday (Monday), before the match. Senegal is a strong team with great players with a strong physical performance but in the end it’s a match like any football match, bonding and working hard helps in a strong performance and progression. I am sure we can win the match.”
He added: “We know very well the competence and skill of the Senegalese team when possessing the ball, so we must fight to stop their danger. The best team will win in the end and I hope the Egyptian team will be the winner. All the players are ready for the match and we have no injuries.”
“I think we worked well, all the players worked together in a more than wonderful way,” the Portuguese coach said. But this is not because we will meet Senegal, but because we are one team that includes a number of great players who have a high degree of humility,” adding: “Senegal is a great team, but as I said, no team possesses the ball 100 percent throughout the match.”
On the other hand, Senegal coach Aliou Cissé said, “We seek to address the lack of offensive effectiveness that we suffered in Cairo,” noting that his country still has the chance to qualify for the World Cup, explaining: “We have the ability to compensate for the goal difference, and focus to compensate for the loss. We are confident that we can win in order to qualify.”