Nigeria icon Jay-Jay Okocha believes Mohamed Salah should have a frank conversation with Egypt manager

Mohamed Salah played more centrally as opposed to the right-flank during Egypt’s 2-2 draw with Mozambique in their AFCON opener.

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Mohamed Salah and Egypt did not get off to a convincing start in their AFCON Group B opener against Mozambique.

There are high expectations for The Pharaohs after making the final back in 2022.

Salah would go on to lose to Sadio Mane’s Senegal in the final on penalties.

Egypt are the second most successful team in AFCON after Ghana, amassing seven titles with their most recent one coming in 2010.

Therefore, there is some pressure on Mohamed Salah to return back to Merseyside triumphant, and to add the elusive continental trophy to his stacked cabinet.

However, Mo Salah had to save his side’s blushes by converting a stoppage-time penalty to ensure a 2-2 draw for his side.

He also setup another in more of a central and midfield role compared to his inside forward position for Jurgen Klopp.

Now Nigeria and Bolton Wanderers legend Jay-Jay Okocha believes the Egyptian should have a conversation with Egypt manager Rui Vittoria over his favoured position.

What did Jay-Jay Okocha say about Mohamed Salah?

Speaking to King Fut (via Empire of the Kop), Jay-Jay Okocha believes that the 31-year-old should sit down with his national team manager about playing him in his favoured position.

Okocha, who won AFCON with Nigeria in 1994, said:

“Mohamed Salah is a player who must be monitored.”

“Any team facing Egypt must watch him.”

“It is up to the coach to find the best position for him to get the best performance and result.”

“Salah is one of the greatest African players, and he should be honest with the manager and tell him which position suits him.” 

Although Mohamed Salah delivered a goal and an assist, Egypt as a whole were underwhelming.

This season, he has been a terror down the right-hand side for all of Liverpool’s opponents.

However, his underlying statistics against Mozambique suggest he is doing just fine in the role given by Vittoria.

According to FotMob, Salah maintained an 88% pass accuracy, created 5 chances, and 7 touches inside the box.

But he did not manage to complete one successful dribble, suggesting his pace and finesse is being wasted centrally.

Hopefully Mohamed Salah can finally attain national glory this year, as it is no less than the 31-year-old deserves.

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