Africa Cup of Nations: Mohamed Salah a doubt for hosts Egypt


Hosts Egypt suffered a shocking elimination from the African Cup of Nations round of 16 after conceding a late goal against South Africa on Saturday, with another lethargic display costing them dear this time around.

Many believe that this side is nowhere near the quality of that won three successive tournaments between 2006 and 2010.

After Monday's loss to Morocco, last 16 hopes were out of their hands, but Mali's victory over Angola ensured Stuart Baxter's qualified as one of the best third-place sides.

Egyptian forward Mohamed Salah missed training on Thursday night due to a cold, but he has since recovered and retains his spot in the starting line-up.

The experienced player played the entire match as Bafana opened their Group D campaign with a disappointing 1-0 defeat to Ivory Coast on June 24.

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Egypt are the host nation this year and with the match set to go ahead in Cairo, Bafana Bafana boss Stuart Baxter believes the pressure is on them. "We give opposition too much respect and I fear what we are going to do against Egypt", Baloyi was quoted by Sowetan.

" Playing against the home nation is inspiring and knowing the Egyptian people, knowing their passion for football, knowing their expectations are very high, knowing they have some great players, I believe the pressure is going to be on them", Baxter told reporters.

"Maybe one of the jobs that we have to do is to try to quiet the crowd by being a tougher opponent than people think". If we can do that and the crowd become a little bit impatient, the players will feel that on the field.

The Pharaohs are widely considered to be one of the favourites to win the tournament as they eye a record-extending eighth Afcon title. South Africa will now meet Nigeria in the quarter-finals after the Super Eagles claimed a thrilling 3-2 win over Cameroon earlier on Saturday.