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Egypt's Salah fit to face South Africa - team official

Published on: 06 July 2019
Egypt's Salah fit to face South Africa - team official
Mohammed Salah

Egypt forward Mohamed Salah, who missed training with a cold on Thursday, will be fit to face South Africa in their Africa Cup of Nations round of 16 match on Saturday, a team spokesman said.

Salah "will train today with the team and will be to play tomorrow normally", the spokesman said on Friday.

Earlier, coach Javier Aguirre said all the players were available except Ahmed Kouka and (reserve goalkeeper) Mahmoud Abdel Rahim.

Egypt won all their group games without conceding a goal but their performances have still been criticised as they allowed both Democratic Republic of Congo and Uganda to dominate long spells of their matches.

"It's very difficult to win each match 5-0, very difficult," added the Mexican, who has complained about the amount of pressure being put on his team to win the tournament for an eighth time.

"All the players have the same idea when they play against Egypt -- that they have nothing to lose," he said. "That's the way they play against us -- we are playing at home, we are the favourites, we have Salah, and they have nothing to lose."

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