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Soccer News of Tuesday, 1 February 2022


Salah still shocked at Super Eagles AFCON exit

Mo Salah playing against Nigeria Mo Salah playing against Nigeria

Egypt forward, Mohammed Salah has acknowledged the competitive nature of the Africa Cup of Nations after the exit of Nigeria and some of the continent's top footballing nations.

The Super Eagles had an impressive group opener, winning all matches but lost in the second round to a weakened Tunisian side.

Mohammed Salah said Super Eagles’ early elimination at the Africa Cup of Nations is proof of just how hard it is to navigate the tournament’s various pitfalls.

Egypt who lost their opening game against Nigeria are through to the semi-finals of the tournament after a defeated Morocco 2-1 in extra time to set up a semi-final against Cameroon at the Stade d’Olembe on February 3.

Assessing just how hard it is for teams to advance in the competition, Salah has pointed to the example of Nigeria—who started quickly before their elimination by Tunisia—as evidence of just how demanding the competition is.

“Nigeria had been the best team in the group stage and then they lost,” Salah told GOAL, “so you never know with any game. It’s tough for everyone.

“Algeria lost in the group stage, having won it last time, and they had a great team.

“Senegal qualified with one goal," he added. “I’m not saying something bad, just that the tournament is tough.”