Egypt's Mohamed Salah celebrates scoring their fifth goal with team mates REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh
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The Pharaohs have at last given Egyptians something to cheer about and, not surprisingly, Liverpool's Mohamed Salah played a big part in it. A record seven-time African champions, the Pharaohs thrashed Niger 6-0 in African Cup of Nations qualifying Saturday, their first competitive match since their miserable run in the 2018 World Cup where the team lost all three group matches.While that is to be expected from a player on FIFA's three-man shortlist for its Player of the Year Award, what was surprising was the Pharaohs' fresh approach under new coach Javier Aguirre.In defense, Baher El-Mohammdi of Egypt's Ismaili had his international debut.Playing his first game for the Pharaohs in nearly four years was Ali Ghazal of the Vancouver Whitecaps, and put in a towering performance in midfield.
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