Jun 23, 2018 Last Updated 2:14 PM, Jun 22, 2018


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Mohamed Salah is fit for Egypt's World Cup group match with Russia on Tuesday, says the Egyptian Football Association.

Salah, 25, was an unused substitute in his country's 1-0 defeat by Uruguay in their opening group game on Thursday when he was also declared fit.

He injured his shoulder playing for Liverpool in the Champions League final on 26 May.

"He was fit to play against Uruguay but the coach did not want to take the risk," said the EFA.

Without Salah, who scored 44 times for Liverpool this season, Egypt lacked a cutting edge but had looked on course to earn a point in their first match at a World Cup finals since 1990 before Jose Gimenez's 90th-minute goal.

After the game, Egypt coach Hector Cuper said: "Mo Salah is an extremely important player for us, nobody can deny that, but you need to have a good team, and we have a good team.

"Perhaps if Mo had been on the pitch today the outcome would have been different but we can't know that.

"Certainly he has contributed a great amount to the team and will contribute in future matches.

"We wanted to avoid any risks in this match, but I think he will be fine for the next game."

The EFA added that midfielder Tarek Hamed, 32, will also be fit to face Russia at the St Petersburg Stadium after he left the pitch against Uruguay with a back injury.

"Hamed had an X-ray and he is good and will be fit for the second match," they said.

Senegal defender Saliou Ciss has been ruled out of the 2018 World Cup in Russia with an ankle injury.

The 28-year-old left-back suffered the injury in last month's friendly against Luxembourg and has not recovered sufficiently.

France-based defender Adama Mbengue has been drafted in to replace Ciss in Senegal's squad.

The Teranga Lions will begin their Russia 2018 campaign against Poland on 19 June in Moscow.

"Saliou Ciss can no longer participate in the World Cup because of a serious injury that occurred during our team's preparation," the Senegal Football Federation (FSF) said in a statement.

Mbengue, 24, who was on the four-man standby list, is expected to join the team in Moscow on Sunday.

Teams are only allowed to replace injured players 24 hours before their opening games.

At their first and only World Cup appearance in 2002, Senegal - led by then captain and now coach Aliou Cisse - reached the quarter-finals and beat a star-studded French side in the group stages.

This time around, Senegal will have to get past Poland, Colombia and Japan in Group H of the tournament in Russia.

After their opener against Poland on Tuesday, they will play Japan on 24 June and then Colombia four days later.

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Malawi's national football team, the Flames are scheduled to launch another attempt at winning the regional Council of Southern Africa Football Associations (COSAFA) Cup for the first time when they line up against the Mauritians in South Africa.

Malawi has never won the trophy since its inception in 1997.

Monday’s game is the 13th game since Belgian coach Ronny Van Geneugden took charge in April last year.

The Flames’ group B campaign at the Old Peter Mokaba stadium starts at 7:30 local time.

Other teams in the group are Botswana and Angola who meet in the first match of the group.

Group A has Madagascar, Mozambique, Comoros and Seychelles.

The 20 man squad named by RVG is dominated by Be Forward Wanderers which has contributed eight players.

The squad also has four internationals from Portugal, South Africa, Zambia and Mozambique.

This assignment comes at a time the team is having problems to score.

From the 12 games that have been played under the tutelage of RVG, the team has only managed to score five times.

RVG, however, believes he has rectified the problem and that they will score as many goals as possible in their opening match.

“We played a lot of games last year and we know that scoring is the problem. We have tried a lot of players and we believe we have a strong attacking force and that gives me confidence in this tournament,” said the Flames tutor.

During the tournament’s opening games on Sunday, Madagascar started with a two one win over Mozambique with Comoros drawing one all against Seychelles.

The injury that forced Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah to leave the pitch 30 minutes into the Champions League final has stirred widespread online anger among Egyptians.

Egyptian Salah sustained an injury to his left shoulder after Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos grabbed his arm while both were tussling for the ball.

Salah, who left the pitch in tears, broke the heart of many fans who showed him their love and support on social media.

Several Arabic hashtags supportive of Salah and furious at Ramos were trending after the match, garnering thousands of tweets.

Many users, in posts with the #Ramosthedog (14.9K tweets) and #Ramostheanimal (47.9K tweets), considered the injury as no accident.

"No player goes down clutching the players arm like this. It was intentional. He deserves to get banned," @MemoK896 tweeted.

Expressing a similar view, Syrian @Ismail_hajOsman said: "He did it on purpose."

"I've never seen Egyptians this furious in my entire life. Oh Ramos! what have you done?" @EmanMohy74 tweeted.

"Egyptians coming for Ramos if Salah misses the World Cup like..." @Boshkaaaaa threatened.

Most users were worried about Salah's condition, showing massive support for their beloved star in trending hashtags like: "We are all Liverpool."

"He is in the hospital for an X-ray. It's either the collarbone or the shoulder itself. It doesn't look good, that's it," Liverpool coach Jurgen Klopp said.

Egypt's sports minister announced that the Liverpool star would be fit to join Egypt at the World Cup in Russia next month.

"Diagnosis shows simply that he suffered an injury in the shoulder joint ligaments. Time expected for treatment is two weeks, God willing," Khaled Abdul Aziz wrote on Facebook.

Egyptian president Abdul Fattah al-Sisi wished Salah a speedy recovery, tweeting in Arabic: "My heartfelt wishes to the Egyptian champion Mohamed Salah for a speedy recovery after his injury.

"I hope he is back to the pitch soon and that he continues to be a shining Egyptian star."

"We are waiting for you, Salah," added Stoke City's Egyptian footballer Ramadan Sobhi.

After the game, the British Ambassador in Egypt, John Casson, wrote in Egyptian Arabic: "Everyone in coffee shops is sad. It is all because of you, Ramos. God willing, you will recover Abou-Makka [in reference to Salah] and shine in the World Cup. We are all behind you."

Meanwhile, an online petition calling on European football's governing body Uefa and world governing body Fifa to punish Ramos had gained more than 166,000 signatures at 1600 GMT on Sunday.

The Football Association of Zambia has announced that national coach Wedson Nyirenda has resigned.

He will be replaced on an interim basis by Beston Chambeshi, who will lead the team at Africa's southern regional championship the Cosafa Cup.

The tournament begins on Sunday but Zambia have a bye into the quarter-finals and will play Namibia on 2 June.

"The process to fill the vacancy of head coach will begin and the association will conclude the process in the shortest possible time to meet upcoming engagements," Faz general secretary Ponga Liwewe said.

Nyirenda, who was appointed in September 2016, is reportedly going to join Baroka FC in the South African Premiership.

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