Former Egyptian boss Hossam El Badry insists rumors he had a strained relationship with Liverpool striker Mohamed Salah are completely untrue and not the reason for his recent sacking.
El Badry, 61, had been in charge of African nation for two years before being removed from office on September 6. It was a sudden decision. The Pharaohs had just fought to draw Gabon 1-1 in a World Cup qualifier.
And less than 24 hours later, their coach was dumped after going undefeated in his 10 games at the head. Rumors began to spread that the relationship of the former Egyptian defender with Salah was behind his dismissal.
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But the man who coached Egypt’s Al Ahly team three times has issued a firm denial.
“Some of the information was tampered with and my firing was strange, so people exaggerated,” he said. Echo of Liverpool. “There was no problem between me and Mohamed Salah. I spoke to him not long ago. Salah has been said to demand that certain players be called up, and that is of course not true.
“How do they say my relationship with Salah is bad and he’s been made captain with me?” “
El Badry explains why Salah was named captain
Salah a took his game to another level since joining Liverpool in the summer of 2017. The 29-year-old has scored 130 goals in 209 appearances in all competitions.
He has been equally ruthless to his country, scoring 45 international goals in 71 outings. The former Roma ace appeared in El Badry’s last game in charge after missing the previous one due to Covid restrictions.
He missed many games under the Cairo-born tactician due to injury. But, backing up his previous claims, El Badry explained why the Reds frontman had to be his skipper.
“The decision to give Salah the captain’s armband was due to the fact that the captain of the national team must be present on the pitch at all times, in addition to what Mohamed Salah has achieved in terms of international fame,” a- he told Abu Dhabi TV.
“When you look at the other old names on the team, they’re on the team all the time. But sometimes they may not play some matches.
“With all due respect, it can’t be argued that I didn’t have control over the dressing room because that hasn’t happened in my entire career, and I could never allow it.”
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