Johannesburg: Liverpool star Mohammad Salah gets a chance to rediscover his scoring touch when he plays for Egypt against Swaziland in the Africa Cup of Nations this week.
After notching 44 goals for the English Premier League club in all competitions last season, the 26-year-old has managed only three this season, and just one in eight games since August.
Salah is the pride of Egypt having won the best goal and finished third in the best player category behind Luka Modric and Cristiano Ronaldo at the recent Fifa awards.
“Salah must not look back at last season, whether it was his goal scoring or his exceptional form,” said pundit Islam el-Shater in Egyptian newspaper Al-Masry Al-Youm. “He must do what his manager (Jurgen Klopp) asks of him so that he does not lose his starting place.”
While Egypt can boast of Salah, eSwatini have a caretaker coach and no stars with the squad comprised of locals and a sprinkling of players with South African second-tier clubs.