Mo Salah Could Quit Egyptian National Team over Chechnya Controversy

Mo Salah Could Quit Egyptian National Team over Chechnya Controversy

Mo Salah Could Quit Egyptian National Team over Chechnya Controversy

At the 2018 World Cup, we've already seen the likes of Morocco and Saudi Arabia go out with a whimper after losing their opening games without scoring a single goal, and history is filled with examples of low-ranked nations enduring similarly bad World Cup campaigns.

Sadio Mane said Liverpool teammate Mohamed Salah has the mental strength to bounce back from injury and World Cup heartache, revealing Saturday that he sent him a message of support.

As for Salah, he was photographed walking alongside Kadyrov during his return to match fitness, and was made an honorary citizen of the Chechen Republic in a high profile event.

Salah, who scored 44 goals for the Reds last season, is set for an early exit from the finals in Russian Federation after the Pharoahs lost their opening tow matches.

He returned for Egypt's 3-1 loss against the hosts but was not at his sharpest despite scoring a penalty.

Kadyrov has since declared Salah to be an honorary citizen of Chechnya in a ceremony with the player. "That's right!" Kadyrov wrote in a social media post.

Salah is claimed to be assessing his future, following what has turned into something of a debacle at Egypt's training base in Grozny, the capital of the Chechen Republic.

But, according to the report, Salah now feels used by Kadyrov for political gain and does not want to be associated in that way.

A Russian state-funded news agency RT video shows Salah smiling as Kadyrov gives his speech and pins a badge bearing the Chechen flag to the Egyptian international's shirt. Salah was also given a silver plate and a signed jersey from FC Akhmat Grozny, the football club Kadyrov has renamed in honour of his father.

Vodafone has a sponsorship deal with Salah, but his image was plastered on Egypt's World Cup plane which was sponsored by WE, a rival telecommunications company.

"Mo is still with us now and he is happy in the camp".

Salah had been pictured with Kadyrov, who was accused of using the player for political propaganda.

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