nprecedented Moment: Mohamed Salah Reacts and Confronts Djibouti Player in Touchline Encounter
Amid Egypt’s dominant 6-0 victory over Djibouti, tensions flared between Mohamed Salah and defender Moussa Hamadou, resulting in an altercation that required intervention to diffuse.
The 31-year-old forward showcased his scoring prowess by netting four goals in Rui Vitoria’s team’s opening World Cup qualifier, solidifying Egypt’s emphatic win and securing three crucial points. Salah, who has already amassed 16 goals across various competitions for both club and country this season, notably became Egypt’s all-time leading scorer in World Cup qualifiers.
However, beyond his usual composed demeanor in front of the goal, Salah found himself engaged in an unusual clash with an opponent. In a rare sight, Salah attempted to dispossess center-back Moussa Hamadou, who was shielding the ball for an ensuing goal-kick.
Although the ball eventually went out of play, Salah and Hamadou became entangled, seeming to collide legs before the situation escalated.
Video footage shows Egypt’s number 10 confronting FC Dikhil’s defender for a few moments before referee Jelly Chavani intervened, physically separating Salah from the escalating altercation.
I Never knew Salah had that dawg in him.. pic.twitter.com/LV2nEMhTFE
— Vision 🇭🇺 (@Lfc__vision) November 16, 2023
Commentary among fans surged online, expressing surprise at seeing Salah involved in such an incident. “Never seen Salah square up to someone before, he must have said something extreme,” remarked one fan, reflecting the general sentiment. Others echoed similar astonishment, highlighting the rarity of witnessing Salah in such a confrontational situation.
Shifting attention, insights emerged from Salah’s personal bodyguard, Karim Abdou, shedding light on extreme security measures implemented to safeguard the Liverpool forward.
In an interview on the 5ASide Podcast, Abdou, the former head of security for the Egypt national team, disclosed stringent protocols. “All gifts received by Salah undergo thorough scanning. Even though we refrain from accepting gifts, those received are meticulously scanned for potential threats. We can’t risk his health or safety,” Abdou emphasized.
Abdou further disclosed the stringent measures taken to ensure Salah’s privacy and safety in public spaces. “He’s practically a ghost, always shielded from public view. Once, when Salah visited a mosque to pray, his location was leaked in a WhatsApp group, resulting in 20,000 people gathering at his residence within minutes,” Abdou revealed, highlighting the challenges of maintaining Salah’s anonymity amidst widespread interest in his whereabouts.