Mohamed Salah put his recent disagreement with the Egyptian FA behind him by scoring twice, assisting two and missing two penalties in their win over Niger on Saturday night.
Salah and his agent had been in a dispute with the Egyptian authorities over, among other things, security for the player – and at one point it looked like the player was even considering international retirement.
Thankfully, the Egyptian FA saw sense and added the security that Salah wanted not just for himself but the whole squad.
And so Salah took to the pitch for their 2019 Africa Cup of Nations against minnows Niger on Saturday night.
The eventful performance started with the Reds’ No.11 winning a penalty in the opening minute, only to have that saved.
Egypt though quickly took a two-goal lead and Salah added to the scoresheet when he scored the rebound after initially having his second penalty saved again.
Salah added his second, Egypt’s fifth, in the second half, to make it 37 goals 60 appearances for his country.
Salah played on the right of a 4-3-3, in a similar role to what he plays for Liverpool, often drifting inside to cause chaos.
The game against Niger was Egypt’s only game of this international break, meaning Salah now returns to Merseyside ahead of next Saturday’s early game against Tottenham at Wembley.
We probably don’t want him on penalties though!