Egyptian FA reacts to Mohamed Salah declining substitution rumors in 2026 World Cup Qualifiers

The 31-year-old forward, Mohamed Salah, scored a goal in Egypt's 1-1 draw with Guinea-Bissau, extending his international goal tally to 57.

Mohamed Salah Refused To Leave The Pitch For Substitution
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The 31-year-old striker, serving as his nation’s captain, scored a goal in a 1-1 tie against Guinea-Bissau, boosting his tally of international goals to 57. This recent goal helped Egypt maintain their unbeaten streak in qualifying and hold onto the lead in Group A.

Salah’s crucial contribution came in the 70th minute, as Egypt sought to secure a point in stoppage-time. Although substitutions were being considered, with Mostafa Fathi and Nasser Maher poised on the sidelines, only Maher ended up entering the field, while Fathi remained on the bench.

In response to allegations that Salah refused to be substituted, the Egyptian FA stated via King Fut, “There is absolutely no truth to the rumours that Mohamed Salah refused to leave the pitch. Salah was not going to be substituted off in the first place. Hossam Hassan was content with only bringing on Nasser Maher.”

Salah is expected to return to Liverpool this summer, as talks of a transfer to the Saudi Pro League diminish. However, Liverpool might face another challenge from Egypt, as they have expressed plans to include a key player in their squad for the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris, potentially causing Salah to miss part of pre-season under new Anfield manager Arne Slot.

Mohamed Salah

Mohamed Salah Ghaly

Forwarder, Midfielder


Age: 32

175 cm

71 kg

Season 2023/2024
Played 32 6 Missed
Minutes 2536 79.3 Avg
Goals 18 0.6 Avg
Assist 9 0.3 Avg
Attempt 73 2.3 Avg
Passes 913 28.576.6% AvgSucc
Yellow 2 0.1 Avg
Red 0 0.0 Avg

This season he played in total 32 times for 2536 minutes for Premier League.

Mohamed Salah scored 18 goals for Liverpool. He procured 9 assists. He received 2 yellow cards and no red cards.

His team is currently 3rd in Premier League. In the last match Liverpool won 2-0 against Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Liverpool performance and stats


Manager: Jürgen Klopp
Rank 3rd
Win 23
Draw 10
Loss 4
Goals 84-41
Diff 43
Rank 1st
Win 4
Draw 0
Loss 2
Goals 17-7
Diff 10

Liverpool is currently 3rd in the Premier League with 79 points.

In the last 38 games, it has won 24 times, drawn 10 times, and lost 4 times. In its last match, Liverpool won 2-0 against Wolverhampton Wanderers.​​

It has a positive goal difference after scoring 84 goals and conceding 41.​