Salah captains Egypt for the first time
Mohamed Salah wore the captain’s armband for Egypt for the first time on Monday as he scored a brace to become the Pharoahs’ second-leading goalscorer of all time.
Egypt ran out 4-0 winners against Comoros in their latest Africa Cup of Nations qualifier with the 28-year-old scoring twice in the space of four minutes midway through the first half.
Salah now has 45 goals in 69 appearances for the Egypt national team, usurping Hassan El-Shazly, and is on track to topple Hossam Hassan’s record of 69 goals before he retires.
And it was an even more memorable day for Salah after he finished the game wearing the captain’s armband as the Pharoahs broke away from tradition.
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Regular skipper Amr El Solia was substituted in the 71st minute, with Egypt’s captaincy pecking order decided by seniority in the squad.
Mohamed Elneny has more caps than Salah and traditionally should have been the man to inherit the armband following El Solia’s withdrawal.
However, national team manager Hossam El-Badry has praised the Arsenal midfielder for passing over the armband to the Liverpool forward.
“Elneny’s decision to give the armband to Salah is a very good one and reflects how both players are valuable for the national team,” El-Badry told ON Time Sports TV channel after the match.