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Mohamed Salah Named New Egypt Captain

Liverpool striker Mohamed Salah has been named the new Egypt captain by the Pharaohs head coach Hossam El-Badry.

Salah was recently handed the armband at Cairo International Stadium, and will now take over from Ahmed Fathi.

Fathi, the former Sheffield United and Hull midfielder, had refused to step down as the Pharaohs leading to his exclusion from the squad.

Al Ahly midfielder Amr El-Sulaya and Arsenal’s Mohamed Elneny had been mooted as contenders to replace Fathi, but El-Bandry has selected the attacker who has shouldered a huge amount of responsibility for his country for some time now.

Many football analysts believed the decision to make Salah captain is the Egypt FA’s way of apologizing for the 2019 Fifa Best voting debacle when admin errors rendered their pick void.

His appointment sees Egypt break from an age-old tradition that previously dictated that the most senior player in the squad would automatically captain the national team.

Salah has made 69 appearances for his country since making his debut as a 19-year-old in 2011 and is Egypt’s second all-time goal scorer with 45 goals.

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