Salah keen on going to Olympics – Zaghloul Siam

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Egypt U23 national team coordinator Zaghloul Siam has stressed that Mohamed Salah is keen on playing in the Olympics.

However, the final word will be for his club, Liverpool to decide.

Egypt are finalising preparations for the Tokyo Olympics as Shawky Gharib’s men qualified for the tournament after their U23 Africa Cup of Nations triumph in 2019.

The Pharaohs are in Group C alongside European champions Spain, Argentina, and Australia.

All nations are allowed to add three over-aged players to their squad and Liverpool’s Salah has become, understandably, the coaching staff’s main target to be added on the list.

Despite his desire to play in Tokyo, Salah can’t do so without Liverpool’s approval, something which also applies to Galatasaray’s forward Mostafa Mohamed.

Gharib could travel without Al Ahly’s players due to the Reds’ participation in the CAF Champions League. Speaking to the media ahead of Egypt’s friendly against South Africa on Thursday,  Siam said the player is very keen on making the squad.

“The team is focused at the moment and all the players are preparing well for the tournament,” said Siam.

“Mohamed Salah expressed his desire for the Olympic national team staff to join the team in the Olympics, which is what Mostafa Mohamed did as well, but the clubs of the duo are the ones who determine their fate.

“Shawky Gharib has already set replacements for both Mohamed Salah and Mostafa Mohamed.

“He also set his plan regarding Al Ahly’s players in the team, especially since the Champions League final is on July 17, and the Olympic team will be in the bubble.

Egypt are not only considering Salah for the over-aged players’ spot, but there are also other players in contention for a ticket to Japan.

“There are 14 names of the over-aged players to choose from three or less, including Mohamed El-Shennawy, Abou-Gabal, Ahmed Hegazi, Tarek Hamed, and Mohamed Salah,” he concluded.

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