Liverpool star Mohamed Salah's row with the Egyptian federation looms over start of a new era under Javier Aguirre

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Liverpool star Mohamed Salah's row with the Egyptian federation looms over start of a new era under Javier Aguirre

Mohamed Salah's series of spats with his national soccer association will loom over the Egypt team as it attempts to recover from a poor â€" some called it disastrous â€" World Cup when African Cup qualifying recommences this weekend.

The Liverpool forward appears to have won his latest tussle with the Egyptian soccer association after demanding better organisation and more protection for players who were exposed to a politically-charged environment at the World Cup, where Egypt lost all its games.

Salah's unhappiness stemmed from photo opportunities he and others were apparently cajoled into attending in Russia with Chechnya leader Ramzan Kadyrov , who is accused of human rights abuses.

With his latest demands met, Salah, who has previously argued with the federation over his image rights , is with the Egypt squad for Saturday's qualifier against Niger.

All five of the African teams that disappointed at the World Cup â€" no team from the continent made the knockout stage â€" are in action over the weekend and looking to ease their Russian hangovers.

Many of them, Egypt included, are currently out of the qualifying places and have work to do to make sure they play at the African Cup of Nations next year in Cameroon.

Mohamed Salah signs for Liverpool

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Liverpool have finally kick-started their summer recruitment drive in earnest after completing a deal for Roma winger Mohamed Salah.

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The Egypt international has signed a five-year contract for a fee Independent Sport understands is in the region of 39million euros, including add-ons, and the current exchange rate means that would work out at £34.3million

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The sum is not quite enough to break the club-record £35million paid to Newcastle for Andy Carroll in January 2011.

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Salah was a long-term target of the club, who previously tried to sign him three years ago when they were pipped by Chelsea, and current manager Jurgen Klopp was keen to add more pace to his side.

5/6 Mohamed Salah signs for Liverpool

The club had a £28million offer turned down earlier this month but after finalising terms with the Serie A club on Wednesday.

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Salah travelled to Merseyside to complete his medical and sign his contract on Thursday.

1/6 Mohamed Salah signs for Liverpool

Liverpool have finally kick-started their summer recruitment drive in earnest after completing a deal for Roma winger Mohamed Salah.

2/6 Mohamed Salah signs for Liverpool

The Egypt international has signed a five-year contract for a fee Independent Sport understands is in the region of 39million euros, including add-ons, and the current exchange rate means that would work out at £34.3million

3/6 Mohamed Salah signs for Liverpool

The sum is not quite enough to break the club-record £35million paid to Newcastle for Andy Carroll in January 2011.

4/6 Mohamed Salah signs for Liverpool

Salah was a long-term target of the club, who previously tried to sign him three years ago when they were pipped by Chelsea, and current manager Jurgen Klopp was keen to add more pace to his side.

5/6 Mohamed Salah signs for Liverpool

The club had a £28million offer turned down earlier this month but after finalising terms with the Serie A club on Wednesday.

6/6 Mohamed Salah signs for Liverpool

Salah travelled to Merseyside to complete his medical and sign his contract on Thursday.

Egypt needs Salah, a finalist for Fifa's 'The Best' world player of the year award, to be happy again after losing its first qualifier to Tunisia.

That left Egypt at the bottom of its four-team group (the top two qualify) ahead of a home game against Niger in Alexandria. Egypt is expected to win but if the Salah-federation battle resurfaces, it has the potential to destabilize a team which underperformed over the last eight years before a mini-revival to make the World Cup.

Egypt is playing under coach Javier Aguirre for the first time with Hector Cuper out after the World Cup. Aguirre is surrounded by his own issues after being named in a match-fixing investigation in Spain.

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Source: Google News Egypt | Netizen 24 Egypt

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