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‘Salah isn’t world class’

Egypt and Africa’s celebrated football star, Mohamed Salah, may have impressed many but not a Russian whose son is billed to line up against Egypt in the on-going mundial

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Egypt and Africa’s celebrated football star, Mohamed Salah, may have impressed many but not a Russian whose son is billed to line up against Egypt in the on-going mundial.

He is “an exceptional player but not a world-class football star”, says Dmitri Cheryshev, as his son prepares to meet the Liverpool forward in Egypt’s clash with Russia at World Cup 2018.

The 25-year-old forward took the Premier League by storm in 2017-18, sweeping to the Golden Boot as a 44-goal haul also helped the Reds to the Champions League final.

An unfortunate injury suffered in that fixture prevented Salah from making his mark in Egypt’s World Cup opening-game defeat to Uruguay, but he has been declared fit to lead his country against the hosts on Tuesday.

He will be the man the Pharaohs look to for inspiration, but former Russia international Cheryshev doubts that a man sparking Ballon d’Or talk will be the same player for his country as he is at club level.

Cheryshev said in KingFut: “He is an exceptional player, but [he is] not a world-class football star who can compete for the [World Cup] Golden Boot.

“Right now [the contenders for the award] are Ronaldo, Messi, Neymar and maybe [Harry] Kane.

“Liverpool uses Salah properly, here, in the Egyptian national team, things will be different.”

Cheryshev’s son, former Real Madrid midfielder Denis, will be hoping to line up against Salah in midweek after stepping off the bench to bag a brace in a 5-0 mauling of Saudi Arabia.

He will be in confident mood if called upon, with Russia having defied expectations in their opening outing to lift the spirits of a nation desperate for home success.

Cheryshev added: “The team is getting ready for Egypt.

“I played against [Egypt head coach Hector] Cuper’s teams before, he is the most tactical coach, you never know how to approach his teams. Any chance we might have we should use [in that match].”

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Egypt announces plans to bid for 2036 Olympic games. Will they get it?

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Egypt’s youth and sports minister has revealed that the North African country will apply to host the Summer Olympic Games in 2036.

According to a statement by the ministry on Saturday, the bid would make Egypt the first Arab or African nation to host the event if successful.

The Minister, Ashraf Sobhi, and President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi gave the green light to apply. He added during a reception for International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach in Cairo.

Although the process of applying to host the 2036 Olympics has not begun, there are reports of interest from countries including Germany, Mexico, Turkey, Russia, India, and Qatar.

The Olympic bidding process begins with the submission of a city’s application to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) by its National Olympic Committee (NOC) and ends with the election of the host city by the members of the IOC during an ordinary session.

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Zambia FA launches investigation into alleged sexual abuse in women’s national team

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The Football Association of Zambia (FAZ), has set up a probe panel to investigate allegations of sexual assault in the women’s national team after several claims by the media citing some players.

The Secretary General of the Federation, Adrian Kashala, who inaugurated the panel on Friday, said its mandate was to unravel the truth behind the allegations that have rocked the country’s women’s game.

In the past few weeks, accusations have been rife on social media with claims that some players of the Shepolopolo were selected to play in the national team after allegedly being asked to give “sexual favours” to unnamed officials in the football association.

“Although at FAZ we have no record of official complaints brought from anyone on the allegations, we consider the allegations very serious and have opened an inquiry into the matter,” Kashala said in a statement.

“We shall collaborate with the Zambia police and other stakeholders in dealing with this matter,” he added.

The statement asked anyone with useful information and evidence of sexual abuse among female national team’s players to report to the association.

“We have since written to the Zambia police to invite anyone with evidence to help with investigations. The nation shall be notified of the outcome of the inquiries once concluded. Until then we shall provide no further comment,” Kashala said.

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