Egypt forward Mohamed Salah has addressed the criticism he has been receiving from the local media.
Despite his remarkable achievements on the field and global recognition, Salah has found himself under scrutiny from some sections of the Egyptian press.
In response to these criticisms, the 31-year-old took the opportunity to share his perspective and address the issues raised.
He also stressed the significance of unity for the success of the national team, emphasising that the focus should be on collective achievements rather than individual performance.
The Liverpool star said, “I don’t believe my presence puts extra pressure on the players. “It is not mandatory to play with Mohamed Salah.
“Any player can be replaced and the others will improve open performance but it doesn’t mean that player has adversely affected the performance of those players.
“I hear the critics. When we lose a match, people are very critical. I believe in my team and I believe in the players. I think we will continue to improve on our performance.
“It is true that I am the captain but I wish people would be more flexible and realise players are giving their best, even if the outcome is different to what is expected.
“I respect all opinions. I do my best but I don’t take into account what is being said on social media.”
“I would love to win it, absolutely,” Salah added when asked what it would mean to win the AFCON.
“I have won everything possible but this one not yet.
“It will happen somehow, that is what I believe, and whatever I believe I achieve, so sooner or later it will happen.
“Everybody knows what it means to any player to win an Africa Cup.
“We were unlucky at the last one and also in Gabon. The players are very motivated to win the tournament. We all want to win it.”
“At the end of the day we are not doing great at the moment but we have a fantastic team and a great coach, so we just need to stay focused.
“I believe that with hard work everything is possible, so we just need to win one game to qualify and we go from there.”
Salah sustained a muscle strain during Egypt’s second Group B match against Ghana at the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations on Thursday night.
As a result, he is expected to be sidelined for the next two games representing his country.
Providing an update on his fitness, the pacy forward said, “My injury is still there but the most important thing now is to speak about the game.
“We are very positive, we have great players and a great team, and we just need to fight and see what will happen.