The Egyptian U23 team have confirmed they plan to call up Mohamed Salah for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics games.
The football tournament at the Olympics will start from July 22 until August 8, the same day that the new Premier League season in England starts meaning Salah will not be part of Liverpool’s pre-season as well as the start of the season.
Egyptian Olympic team coach Shawky Gharib said Salah will be part of the team but they will not force the player to be involved.
“Salah’s participation with the Pharaohs team in Tokyo is a decision to be taken only by Salah, his club Liverpool and his coach Jurgen Klopp,” Gharib told reporters.
“We cannot force Salah to participate with us because FIFA regulations do not compel him to participate. Out of the three senior players we’ll call up, Salah is the only one we’re settled on so far because he’s simply one of the top three players in the world” he added.
The Olympic tournament is for U23 teams but 3 over-age players are allowed in each squad.
FIFA has long acknowledged that clubs are not obliged to release over-age players for the Games.
By Ofhani Munyai