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Egypt Announce Olympics Squad, Decision On Salah

Egypt have announced their squad for the upcoming Tokyo Olympics with Mohamed Salah not being part of the selection.

The Liverpool superstar has wanted to be included in the squad, but his club refused to let him go with the Olympics falling outside of the official FIFA calendar.

“I do not want to say that it is impossible for Salah to participate in the Olympics, but it is difficult. Salah agreed to lead the Olympic team during the last camp of the Egyptian team,” Egyptian Football Association president Ahmed Megahed said recently.

“We contacted Liverpool to allow Salah to join the Olympic team, and they said they were waiting for the approval of the technical staff, but in the end, Liverpool refused the request because they do not want to lose the player at the beginning of the season.

“We spoke with Salah again, and he told us that he will make a new attempt with the technical staff of his team, to resolve the matter.”

However, with the Olympics running between 22 July and 7 August, Salah would’ve missed large parts of Liverpool’s pre-season ahead of the 2021/22 campaign, which kicks off on 13 August.

As a consequence, Liverpool did put their foot down and refused to let Salah be part of Egypt’s squad.

Instead, Al Ahly goalkeeper Mohamed El Shenawy, former West Bromwich Albion defender Achmed Hegazy and Zamalek’s Tarek Hamad were called up as the three overaged players.

Below is Egypt’s Olympics squad in full:

Egypt qualified as winners of the 2019 Africa U23 Cup of Nations, where they beat South Africa’s U23 3-0 in the semi-final, and were drawn in Group C alongside Spain, Argentina and Australia.