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ARSENAL’S ELNENY A HIT AT AIRPORT

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MATSAPHA - England’s Arsenal midfielder Mohamed Elneny stole the show in the absence of talisman Mohamed Salah on Egypt’s arrival last night.


After keeping almost everyone guessing about their exact arrival time, the Egypt 67-member delegation jetted at around 9:40pm on board a chartered plane at Matsapha International Airport. There was no ‘Mo’ Salah who got injured in the reverse fixture last Friday. While others were overheard lamenting the absence of Salah, airport officials and other few officials and fans at the airport were seen taking ‘selfies’ with Elneny.


Elneny featured in the home game played three days ago and at some point combined well with Salah. He suffered muscle problems during the game, but he is among players who are here for tomorrow’s decisive fixture at Mavuso Sports Centre. Left back Amro Tarek is also said to be suffering muscle problems but he is in Eswatini.


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Eswatini Football Association (EFA) officials led by CEO Frederick Mngomezulu and executive member Sonnyboy Mabuza, who is Egypt’s attaché, were among officials who met the visitors at the airport last night.


On arrival, the plane had challenges completing its journey on the runaway due to the thick mist, and had to be led by an airport car for over 600 metres.
After the formalities, the delegation headed for the exit wearing big smiles. They are accommodated at Royal Villas and Royal Swazi in Ezulwini.


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Meanwhile, Egypt, who beat Sihlangu 4-1 at home last Friday, are here for tomorrow’s Africa Cup of Nations fourth group qualifying match at Mavuso Sports Centre at 3pm. They will train at the venue this afternoon and then grant interviews to the media.
Meanwhile, Coach Javier Aguirre decided to allow Liverpool star Salah to return to his club to give him extra rest, though medical scans revealed that getting him ready for tomorrow’s match would be difficult.

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